NYPD commissioner slams Cruz

New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Bill Bratton again took aim at GOP presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  Ted Cruz bashes Oprah for 'lecture' on race: 'What utter, racist BS' Senate Democrats prepare seven-figure spending spree in Texas MORE for comments he made about monitoring Muslim neighborhoods following the terrorist attacks in Brussels.


“Sen. Cruz was very anti-American, anti-Muslims in some of his comments in light of the Belgium bombings,” Bratton said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis. “The idea that we should be increasing our patrols of our Muslim neighborhoods and overseeing a surveillance of them; I’m sorry, we live in the United States of America.

“We do not surveil any particular group,” he said. 

Bratton was one of the first public officials to condemn the Texas senator’s suggestion after the Brussels terror attacks and hasn’t let up, suggesting those statements would cost him the presidency. 

Bratton went on to say he took the attack personally because the NYPD has 900 Muslim police officers.

“I took Mr. Cruz’s remarks as a denigration not only of a religion or the people but of my police officers and civilian employees in this department,” he said.