NYPD Commissioner Declines Invite to Tour Inner City

"I’ve walked a lot of streets," said Kelly, when he was invited by Sen. Eric Adams to tour the city's rougher neighborhoods.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who this week criticized community leaders for their lack of response to the recent uptick in gun violence, declined an invitation from Sen. Eric Adams to tour the gritty neighborhoods in his district without his gun or security detail, says the New York Post.

“I’ve been doing this for over 40 years — I’ve been around,” Kelly told the paper after swearing in new police recruits at Queens College. “I’ve walked a lot of streets.”

Adams show that he is out of touch, and that a trip to the inner city areas of  Crown Heights, East Flatbush and Prospect Heights, which he represents, would do him some good, says the Post.

“Why wouldn’t he walk the streets?” Adams asked the paper. “If it’s not too good for patrol officers, why wouldn’t it be good enough for him?”

“The political leadership, some of them are willing to attack the Police Department (for their stop-and-frisk policies) but not willing to take on the big issues, which is crime happening in their own neighborhood,” Kelly shot back, according to the Post.

Beth arias July 13, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Commissioner Kelly is a former marine and also rose thru the ranks before being appointed Police Commissioner. Thus, he is well acquainted with the' streets", and retired captain Eric Adams knows this firsthand. Just wanted to clarify.
mgw July 13, 2012 at 06:44 PM
We do not need the Commissioner to come and walk the streets to know how bad it is.He has been in the police department for a long time. He hears about it everyday. Let's stop waisting time and try to find a solution on dealing with this.Are we upset because the commissioner is calling the politicians on the carpet? As a community we also have to hold the politicians resposible, and do not just on the bandwagon when the media shows up. On of the politicians stated that Kelly needs to be with him when he offer his condolenses to the parent. That is all well and good, but what happens after that when no one else is around? Do you still keep in touch with the family and to think of solutions or do you just go away? We have to help the politicians, give them solutions and take back the neighborhoods. You talk about the top Question and Frisk, The way things are going, this is the solution I see, and we are going to have a long summer.
Parksloper July 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Please do.
Joe Gonzalez July 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Senator Adams: If you want to bring Ray Kelly to the hood, run back to Albany and pass a State law making the NYPD Police Commissioner's Post an elected Office. Nothing would bring Ray Kelly to the 'hood faster than being forced by law to campaign for his job.
Beth arias July 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM
good point!


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