Bratton Pledges "Respectful" NYPD Behavior

The Rev. Al Sharpton and soon-to-be police commissioner Bill Bratton joined mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Saturday at a ceremony for Nelson Mandela

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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Bratton Pledges "Respectful" NYPD Behavior

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Two key players in the future of New York's stop-and-frisk policy have met face-to-face.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and soon-to-be police commissioner Bill Bratton joined mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Saturday at a ceremony for Nelson Mandela in Harlem.

Sharpton said New York cannot mourn the South African leader who fought for the constitutional rights of minorities--then have police "profile" young blacks.

Bratton told the mostly black audience at Sharpton's National Action Network that his commitment to the city is that "there will be freedom and equality for all" and the police will be "respectful."

A federal court ruling that ordered major reforms to the stop and frisk tactic is on hold pending an appeal. The ruling came after four minorities sued saying they were wrongly targeted by police.

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