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Former NYPD Commissioner Slams Mayor for Endangering City

August 31, 2015  | 

Mayor de Blasio has endangered New Yorkers’ lives by abandoning stop-and-frisk — an "amazing surrender" rooted in politics, ex-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly charges in a new book.

“De Blasio shrugged and walked away from a routine and useful policing tool, snatching law enforcement defeat from the jaws of legal victory,” Kelly writes in his memoir, “Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City,” the New York Post reports.

De Blasio swept away stop-and-frisk — a policy police brass instituted in 1990 to let cops search and detain anyone they suspected of committing a crime — as a sop to his core supporters as soon as he took over in City Hall, Kelly says in a scathing critique of the mayor’s law-enforcement policies.

“And who benefited most from our successes?” Kelly writes. “The very people the de Blasio campaign were reportedly speaking for, young minority males especially.”

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Robert Cook @ 8/31/2015 3:07 PM

I think Mr. Kelly is 100% incorrect.
I think the SOF and Broken Windows policies have led a large segment of America to distrust police. I don't agree with that sentiment; but to those who live in the areas , and deal with being stopped on a daily is real to them. That population perceives the police as only caring about petty offences and hassling people.
So today we sit with a large urban population who not only does not trust the police...but sees police as occupiers and not as protectors.
Add in some video that shows police in a difficult or visually disturbing situation (whether legal or not)...and off goes the powder keg.
Crazy people ambush police...police go on high alert, and make some mistakes...More crazy people come out of the wood work...the death spiral.
The US had little organized crime until Prohibition; during Prohibition a large population of people did not like the laws the police were enforcing..and the rest is history!!!

kevCopAz @ 9/1/2015 1:29 PM

Kelly is right spot on!. Sad that the current "Commish" who in his own right is a fine cop and leader has failed to do the right thing and quit, blaming this all on the Mayor and bringing attention to the Mayors anti police actions. Sad that he has sold out such a fine career to play as a puppet for this Lib Pol idiot! Brattan this will be his legacy now, not the fine work that he did in the past and thats your own fault.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/1/2015 2:51 PM

Right on Mr. Kelly!

Tom Ret @ 9/1/2015 5:01 PM

Kelly is right which most in LE know. Since New Yorkers keep voting in these
left wing socialist types I'm not very sympathetic to their pain because it is in large measure self induced. They had best prepare for higher crime rates. Of course the mayor will want more stringent gun laws which the crooks won't follow.

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