Policy Coordinator Verónica Bayetti Flores spoke to POLITICO NY on behalf of Communities United for Police Reform to criticize NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s unacceptable comments embracing the Moynihan report:
n a statement Tuesday afternoon, Veronica Bayetti Flores, a spokeswoman for Communities United for Police Reform, said the remarks by Bratton — who previously complained about the lack of parenting and values in some households — “has now, once again, promoted regressive and racist views that seek to place blame for crime and other societal challenges on the ‘values’ of Black families and those of other New Yorkers of color.
“It’s insulting and troubling for these extreme comments to be made by a top member of city government, and his comfort in doing so speaks to the challenges our city and country still face with racism,” she said. “While the rhetoric alone is unacceptable, it has real implications in how the officers under Bratton’s command perceive and treat Black and Brown New Yorkers. It’s time for officials of our city government to stop this rhetoric that debases families and communities, and instead focus on addressing and repairing the damage from the decades of harmful public policy.”