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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton

In the wake of the death of Staten Island father Eric Garner and St. Louis area teen Michael Brown, some are arguing that both of their lives could have been saved had they not resisted arrest or obeyed police orders.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, to some extent, agrees. Bratton said criminal suspects should surrender quietly and not resist arrest to avoid ugly clashes, reported the Post.

Eric Garner, who died while being placed under arrest.

“What we’re seeing … over the last several months [is] a number of individuals just failing to understand that you must submit to an arrest, that you cannot resist it,” Bratton said on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. “The place to argue your case is in court, not in the middle of the street.”

So, is Bratton suggesting that Garner’s death and the death of Brown and others at the hands of police officers using deadly force is partially the fault of the victim who resists, even if the arrest is unwarranted?

A mourner at the site of Michael Brown’s shooting death Photo: legalinsurrection.com

Bratton added that despite the public outcries over Garner’s death, residents of high-crime communities continue to ask for more cops and increased enforcement in their neighborhoods.

“We go where the concerns are expressed,” Bratton said. “If you take a look at where a lot of those [311 and 911] calls are coming from, they tend to be oftentimes in minority neighborhoods.”

What are your thoughts?

Are police to blame when they kill an unarmed suspect during an attempted arrest? Or are criminal suspects, by resisting arrest, putting themselves in the line of fire?


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  1. No suspect should die in the custody of police; guilty or not, unless the person is physically threatening to injure himself or others lethal force of any kind should be forbidden..including chokeholds, tasers, guns ect.

  2. we see what cooperating does Micheal brown had his hand up and was shot 8 time so shut up with that. if i have done nothing wrong and you grab my hands to handcuff me or grab me around the neck and i flinch turn towards you to ask what the hell are you doing ‘im resisting arrest and deserve to be shot, how about criminals should not resist and police should read me my rights firsts or maim me in the leg thats what your training is for thats what my hard earned tax paying dollars go toward training of the highest standard not lets shoot you 8 times

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