Read ARNOLD KRISS’ riveting article on NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
It is time to recognize that racial attitudes exist in both officers and community members. Regaining community trust may be the least of this commissioner’s problems. Losing the respect of NYPD’s hardworking officers who require direction and leadership is bubbling on the surface. Police officers can see through a commissioner’s meaningless political rhetoric.
I am not arguing that the NYPD is a racist institution, simply that, since African-American and Hispanic communities have suffered the brunt of police confrontations, its enforcement policies have been unfair and ineffective. It is time to hold NYPD’s commissioner — not our cops — primarily accountable for unconstitutional and disparate enforcement policies. Reform starts and ends with him.
Kriss is a Manhattan attorney, a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney, and NYPD Deputy Commissioner-Trials. He has prosecuted a police officer for murder, judged and disciplined officers, and defended them and others in his criminal practice.