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NYPD commissioner Bratton: Police choke video ‘disturbing’

August 8, 2014 Associated Press
Bill Bratton, shown here with Bill de Blasio, says he found the NYPD choking video "disturbing."
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NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says widely seen video of a fatal choke hold incident is “disturbing” but doesn’t tell the whole story.

Bratton conceded Friday on CBS “This Morning” that the snippet from a longer video has really struck a chord with the public.

He said investigators also must consider events that were not on the video.

Asked whether the department makes too many minor arrests, Bratton said it prevents more serious criminal behavior. He said the prison population is down dramatically.

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Bratton said the NYPD targets behavior and not communities of color.

On another topic, Bratton said police have a good idea who breached security to change flags on the Brooklyn Bridge last month. But he says knowing is not proving and they’re not ready to make an arrest.

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