- - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Every politician has his little flunky. New York Mayor City Bill de Blasio brought Police Commissioner Bill Bratton along with him in the city to end stop-and-frisk. Commissioner Bratton kisses up to Mr. de Blasio the way Vice President Joe Biden kisses up to President Obama.

Shootings in New York City have gone up in the past month by 43 percent. Commissioner Bratton avoids the subject and says that homicides are down even if shootings aren’t. Is he saying that the criminals are bad shots? Is he looking to avoid the subject of the increase in shootings? Is he kissing up to Mr. de Blasio so that he can defend his decision to end a useful program like stop-and-frisk and hang tight with his boss?

Shame on Commissioner Bratton. He used to be a good cop; now he is now just obsequious. Shame on him and Mr. de Blasio for not allowing stop-and-frisk and other measures to protect the weak and the minorities of our city. Finally, shame on liberals for allowing their overly empathetic hearts to undercut the possibility of a safe society.

DAVID LAWRENCE

New York