Apparently the NYPD will no longer be able to hit people in the face with their fists, feet, and pistol stocks, as well as use F-bombs, if deputy commissioner for training Michael Julian has anything to say about it.
Well . . . that’s nice. I suppose. Maybe while we’re down here, we can talk about how we’re going to reach the minimum expectations of decency, while we’re at it. For instance, not killing unarmed people?
I suppose I can’t be too critical. When you’re this far down, any vertical movement is improvement, and, frankly, I’d like my police officers to be better than the criminals that they arrest. It may just be a pipe dream, but I’m nothing if not an optimist.
Julian met with reporters after he was appointed to lead the NYPD’s training this week. He served under Commissioner Bill Bratton during Bratton’s first tenure at the department, so he’s no stranger to the police.
Azi Paybraah of Capital New York was there to catch the video and create a transcript. Julian noted that a “police officer never uses a curse word in an emergency. Listen to any audio tape. It’s for effect and we can teach them to control their language. It’s not that hard,” and that “commanders have done it in their own precincts, so, that’s an easy one, the language.”
This seems strange to me; I’ve been told that New Yorkers use “fuck” as a comma. I’m not easily offended by the word, but the notion New Yorkers might be is confusing: “30 percent of all CCRB [Civilian Complaint Review Board] complaints involve a curse word. You can guess which one it is,” Julian said. “Thirty percent. And if we can just change that curse word, we can reduce CCRB complaints by 30 percent.”
Julian added that the NYPD was not “brutal” and that “you don’t see the Rodney King type of force. You see the extra kick or the punch, and what that’s about is you got to control, over the adrenaline—you chase somebody two blocks, you throw the extra punch. We can control it.” He noted that “We are going to teach them a lot of techniques to change their behavior, in that way.”
Perhaps in the future, Julian should just let the PR people talk.
You can watch the remarks below: