New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was called to resign Sunday by the second largest police union in the state over corruption allegations.
Federal investigators launched a review of city police over allegations some officers took gifts in exchange for special treatment. Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins claimed Bratton has allegedly continued to take gifts, even as low-ranking officers have been punished for doing the same. Mullins said the double-standard is inexcusable and Bratton should resign.
“I personally think Bratton has stayed too long, and it’s time to go,” Mullins told John Catsimatidis on his radio show. “We need to set a standard, and we need to raise the bar, and we need to build the relationship with the community, and we need to set an example of leadership going forward. And I just don’t see it happening.”
Bratton stripped a handful of officers of their guns and badges in connection to the investigation. Sgt. Erez Levy, for instance, was put on desk duty after refusing to talk with investigators without a lawyer present, the New York Daily News reported.
“We have issues of integrity, and I think at this point in time it’s really a matter of trust to the public,” Mullins also noted. “We’re struggling with racial tension in the city. We’re struggling with discipline issues. And yet we have a hypocrisy that’s coming right from the top, and I think it has to stop.”
Bratton accepted a membership to the Harvard Club that was paid for by the nonprofit Police Foundation, the New York Daily News reported. There are at least nine high-ranking police officials under investigation for corruption, reports the local Fox News affiliate.
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