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Viewpoint: Former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton

From City-Journal.org: “Many New Yorkers are too young to understand what the city looked like when I got here in 1990...

“Many New Yorkers are too young to understand what the city looked like when I got here in 1990—the graffiti, the decay, the crime, the social disorder. What we didn’t understand was that the victim of all the abhorrent behavior on the streets was the city itself. To give you an idea of how things have changed, in 1990, I didn’t go anywhere without a gun, because as the chief of the transit police, I did not feel secure anywhere, including in the subways. In Los Angeles, when I was chief of police there, I also had to carry a gun everywhere, because of the gang violence. I don’t carry a gun now. I haven’t for a while. It’s locked away. I just don’t feel the need for it.”

Former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton in City-Journal.org

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