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Police Commission William Bratton promised Wednesday at a pre-Ramadan conference at NYPD headquarters in Manhattan to protect the rights of the city's Muslims.

"You have my pledge as commissioner we will not to jeopardize that trust that all our efforts are geared toward increasing," Bratton said to dozens of Muslim leaders at 1 Police Plaza. "You also have my pledge that we will continue to ensure policing is lawful, constitutional, effective and respectful."

The holiday conference has become an annual event but marked a first for Bratton, who's been top cop for six months. His predecessor, Raymond Kelly, came under scrutiny for surveilling Muslim communities.


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