Brooklyn BP Adams slams Kelly’s NYPD crime stat accusations
Adams: ‘New Yorkers have no reason to buy what he is selling’
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, has jumped into the feud between former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and current Commissioner William Bratton over the city’s crime rate.
Adams called Kelly’s recent insinuations that the NYPD manipulates CompStat statistics to make the city appear safer “offensive” and “spurious.”
“It is patently offensive for Ray Kelly to suggest that the NYPD is in any way involved with falsifying crime statistics. The fact that there is no proof to this spurious charge is fitting with his history of lobbing rhetorical bombs behind the shade of tabloid covers while falling silent under the scrutiny of truth,” Adams declared in a statement on Wednesday.
Kelly, ramping up a well-publicized feud with Bratton, fueled the fire in a Dec. 21 radio interview with Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237.
“I think there is some issue with the numbers that are being put out,” Kelly said, according to POLITICO New York. “I think there is some redefinition going on as to what amounts to a shooting. That sort of thing.”
Adams did not mince words.
“Ray Kelly is trying to sell a narrative full of the same falsehoods he has peddled for more than a decade, regardless of whether it is for economic, ego-driven or political purposes. Whatever the reason, New Yorkers have no reason to buy what he is selling,” he said.
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio backed up Bratton and the department’s crime statistics. Speaking live on radio show WOR 710 AM, he said, “You should believe Commissioner Bill Bratton. He has every month gone into great detail on what’s happening with the statistics of the city.”
De Blasio said that Bratton and the NYPD have “driven down crime again.”
“These statistics are based on the exact same methodology that Ray Kelly used, which is why I find it surprising that he’s questioning Bill Bratton and the NYPD,” de Blasio said. “They’re using the same exact methodology. What they’re doing is they’re building on previous success and driving down crime further.”
Some have speculated that Kelly’s motives for the claim are related to the reduction of his stop-and-frisk program by Bratton.
“During the Floyd trial, Ray Kelly had a chance to testify under oath, in front of the world, in response to his regime’s use of stop-and-frisk. Instead, he ducked. The evidence shows that when Ray Kelly had the chance to back up his media bloviating, he didn’t take it,” Adams said.
He added, “His decisions led to a federal monitor and necessitated the reforms which are turning policing in this city around, creating fairer policing while continuing to drive down criminal activity.”
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