Commissioner Bratton to City Council: NYPD can reform itself

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Posted: Jun 29, 2015 2:40 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Police Commissioner William Bratton says the New York Police Department can reform itself.

Bratton told a City Council committee on Monday that he's against proposed legislation that would impose new regulations on the nation's largest police department.

One proposal would make it a misdemeanor to use a chokehold during an arrest. Others would require officers to identify themselves to people they stop and to inform them they can refuse to be searched.

Bratton told council members at a hearing that the legislation isn't needed. He says the department already has addressed many of their concerns with internal reforms.

The proposals are a response to last year's chokehold death of Eric Garner and to the department's strategy of using street stops to fight crime.