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NYPD Commissioner: Clinton Has Our Back

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton believes Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will support police officers if elected.

“There is a great deal of concern about the fear permeating the country right now," Bratton said Aug. 18 after a two-hour meeting in Manhattan with Clinton and high-ranking police officers, including the police chiefs of Los Angeles, Tucson and Seattle, as well as Dallas' sheriff and a former police chief of Philadelphia, according to the New York Daily News.

"In terms of law enforcement, [Clinton] has a lot of experience in that area and a lot of great ideas,” he added.

Bratton also addressed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments that accused Clinton of being anti-police.

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“Just like Hillary Clinton is against the miners, she is against the police. Believe me,” Trump said Aug. 16 at a Wisconsin rally, reports Fox News. “You know it and I know it, and, guess what, she knows it.”

"[Trump's] the Law & Order candidate?” Bratton said following his meeting with Clinton, according to the New York Daily News. “What is he proposing? What is his experience? What are his ideas? I just don't know. I haven't heard any."

Bratton is stepping down from his position in September to work in the private sector at Teneo Holdings, a company that has deep ties to the Clintons. He will be replaced by NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill, who was also at the meeting.

Before the meeting, Clinton addressed the need for unity between police officers and communities.

"I think it's obvious that recent events in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Milwaukee and across the country underscore what difficult and important work there is ahead of us to repair the bonds of trust and respect between our police officers and communities," she said, adding that “we must not inflame" the challenges or "stoke even more divisiveness."

It was Clinton who asked for the meeting to take place, NYPD spokesman Peter Donald said.

Sources: New York Daily News, Fox News / Photo credit: Susan Watts/New York Daily News

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