NYPD Latino Law Enforcement Group Speaks Out Against English-Only Rule

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the policy. “In America, in New York, I think it’s fair to say that a majority of people speak English and so that’s the language that we have to communicate in,” Bloomberg said. “This is life and death. Everybody has to be able to understand the same commands instantly and go in the direction they’re ordered to go when lives are on the line.”

Last month, officers who attended Police Academy executive training classes were told to begin paying attention to other languages in the workplace.

 

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