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De Blasio Rejects James' NYPD Recommendations

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is reacting negatively to a recommendation that he be stripped of control of the NYPD.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James reviewed the recent protests and one of the recommendations she is making is to appoint a panel in place of de Blasio to hire and fire police commissioners and officers.

“I don’t think it will work," de Blasio said. "I think it will be counterproductive.”

The mayor rattled off a list of police reforms and data showing a drop in crime on his watch. 

He said there has to be a single individual accountable here.

“When you create any kind of commission, when you create diffusion of accountability, things don’t work.," he said. "We’ve seen it over and over again.”