Former NYPD Commissioner Slams Mayor, Worries About Police After Budget Cut

Rich Lamb
June 30, 2020 - 9:10 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday that he doesn’t agree with the city’s plan to slash the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion.

    In an interview with WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb, the former commissioner says defunding the NYPD for the actions that occurred in Minnesota doesn’t make sense to him. 

    “The concept of defunding the police to somehow take revenge or get even with the police based on the horrific events that happened in Minnesota with George Floyd,” Kelly said makes “no sense.”

    He underscored that slashing police funding hurts people in the poorest communities in the city because a reduced police force weakens the authorities’ ability to respond in those neighborhoods. 

    He said the messaging from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council is also problematic.

    He slammed Mayor de Blasio for even suggesting a cut to the police budget.

    “He is irresponsible. He is not a leader. He is responding to the pressure of the mob and that’s where we find ourselves in these troubled times,” the former commissioner said.

    Kelly raised concerns about the mayor's message to "go lightly," saying police have pulled back as a result. He also criticized the recent disbanding of the NYPD's anti-crime unit and said the effects are being felt all across the city.

    “The things like fireworks is out of control, if you live in Manhattan and in some of the other boroughs as well, there's a crescendo every night. I mean it sounds like Baghdad and there's not much being done about it,” he said. 

    Kelly says there is “no question” that there has been a recent “wave of animosity directed at the police.”

    He says he understands the want for reform and says he would prefer that over defunding. 

    Kelly has proposed, for starters, that recruits coming into the police force undergo a much more rigorous psychological evaluation to see if they are fit to serve and protect. 

    He would also like for there to be an easier way for higher ups to expel problematic individuals from the police force. 

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