Ex-NYPD boss Ray Kelly blames Bill de Blasio for NYC crime and slams Dems for ‘sitting on their hands’ as statues fall – The Sun
Former NYPD boss Ray Kelly has blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio for NYC crime and slammed Democrats for "sitting on their hands" as statues fall.
Kelly, a native New Yorker who spent 47 years in the New York Police Department, condemned the New York City mayor as "atrocious" in an interview on July 4th weekend.
Speaking on John Catsimatidis' 77 WABC radio show on Friday, Kelly said: “This mayor is atrocious.
“If I had a magic wand I’d remove him. But, unfortunately, what’s waiting in the wings is no better.”
The former NYPD Commissioner expressed his fears for NYC and the rest of the United States.
His comments come within a week of the NYC City Council approving a $1billion budget cut to the NYPD – which Kelly called "kind of kabuki financing."
De Blasio's push to defund the NYPD follows a month of peaceful protests, riots, and looting in New York City – which stemmed from George Floyd's Minneapolis death.
The implemented funding cuts were described as not going far enough by some activists.
In response to a question about who the Black Lives Movement or Antifa is, Kelly said: "Well we're caught up in a cultural revolution. There is no question about it.
"Crime is raging out of control here in New York City. I don’t see anything that’s going to change the trajectory of that continuing to rise. There are disorderly groups all over the city challenging police officers."
According to NYPD statistics, there has been a considerable rise in homicides and shootings within the first half of 2020, when compared to the previous year, NBC reported.
NYC reported 178 homicides this year, which is a 21 percent rise from 2019, when there were 147 homicides across the city.
Kelly commented on the "difficult situation" across the country, which has been seen in Seattle's Capital Hill Occupied Protest [CHOP] zone – where protesters took over the streets after cops abandoned the East Precinct building and a “Black Lives Matter” mural was painted on the street.
"Police are generally backing off… because their political leaders, the mayors, and whoever is in charge of these police departments [elected people] are telling cops to back off," Kelly added.
Protesters across the US have been urging government and city officials to "defund the police" following the death of George Floyd.
Kelly recalled the "mayhem" that happened after de Blasio requested police officers use a "light tough" with protesters.
The ex-NYPD boss blamed the "looting and cops being pelted with bricks and bottles" as a response to de Blasio's comments regarding police force.
"There is no answer. I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Police have been told to back off from doing anything that remotely looks like proactive policing," Kelly continued.
"The mayor eliminated the anti-crime units which were probably the most effective tool that existed in the department for decades, to fight violent street crime.
"That was a direct signal of surrender. De Blasio here for another 18 months. And that's very, very discouraging.
In regards to the lack Democratic leaders "standing up and saying this is wrong," Kelly said it's "such change from years ago. You just don’t hear anything from them."
Kelly added: “They’re sitting on their hands. Or they’re being very supportive [of] taking down the statues.
"That’s what they’re interested in. That’s what they’re supporting. Rather than, ‘Hey, let’s get some good old basic law and order.’ What about everyday citizens?”
Changes in policing have been put into place after hundreds of protests took place across the United States since George Floyd's May 25 death.
The demonstrations called for an end to racism and police brutality after a video emerged online of former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on 46-year-old Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while he was pinned to the ground.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to rebuild non-Confederate statues which were destroyed amid protests.
The Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes was issued by the White House on July 3 and calls for statues to be rebuilt and placed in the new "National Garden of American Heroes."
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