NYPD turned down request for Donald Trump to address officers after Dallas shooting

Following the mass shooting in Dallas and killing of five law enforcement officers, Donald Trump’s campaign reached out to the New York Police Department on Friday morning and asked whether he could address police officers at the Midtown North Precinct during 3 p.m. roll call, according to the New York Daily News.

The campaign was firmly turned down — and Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, explained why during a news conference in New York.

“Our interest is staying out of the politics of the moment, not to provide photo ops,” Bratton said in response to a question from a reporter. “If Mr. Trump wants to speak to me, I would be happy to brief him on what we’re doing. If Sen. Clinton wants to speak to me, I would be very happy to brief her on what we’re doing. But we are not in the business of providing photo ops for our candidates.”…

Immediately following the news conference, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman pushed back against Bratton’s comments, insisting that the campaign had never made such a request.