NYPD Head ‘Gratified’ By Some Poll Findings

NEW YORK (AP) -

Police Commissioner William Bratton says he’s “gratified” that 56 percent of New York City residents support the crackdown on low-level offenses in an effort to prevent more violent crimes.

But 35 percent of respondents in a Quinnipiac poll say the so-called “Broken Windows” tactic contributes to neighborhood tensions. Bratton says the key is to “do it in a way that is both lawful and respectful.”

Seventy-four percent say police brutality is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, the highest number since May 2001, and 68 percent say there is “no excuse” for police actions during the custody death of Eric Garner.