At a Black History Month event Tuesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said that cops are to blame for "many of the worst parts of Black history," and that those actions "must not be denied," according to DNAinfo.com.
Bratton spoke at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York and was very frank about the fact that for as long African-Americans have had a presence in New York, they have always had a relationship with cops that was "unequal" in nature.
“Slavery, our country’s original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws and enforced by police, by slave catchers,” he said.
But he also noted that police have been working on providing better training for officers.
Following a report by NY1 that the number of African-Americans on the force has been shrinking, Bratton also said that the department is working on recruiting a more diverse group of officers.
He noted that police need community's support to be successful.
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