NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hecklers disrupted hearings Thursday morning as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton addressed the City Council.
They held a demonstration outside City Hall. Then they came inside wearing shirts that said “Special Police Brutality Unit.” Their mission was to interrupt Bratton’s testimony about the NYPD budget to the Finance and Public Safety committees, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
Eventually, the public was cleared from the Council Chamber.
“I find it regrettable that the civic disrespect displayed by a few results in the need to eject the many members of the public who are here for civil discourse,” Bratton said. “So the disrespect that’s shown to this council and to their fellow members of the public it’s unfortunate that the few, the selfish few, would seek to interrupt a public process.”
Demonstrators were protesting the City Council and commissioner’s call for 1,000 more uniformed police officers.
“No new cops, no new cops,” one demonstrator chanted.
“The NYPD does not need more police. There’s no research to show that the city needs anymore police officers,” another demonstrator said.