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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.

Anita July 12, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Seems like an insult. He should have just found the time and done the tour. Now he looks like a jerk
Lola July 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Bad PR. Inner city inhabitants don't just need the support, but a role model and leader. What a missed opportunity to bring some additional good to those he has sworn to protect and serve.
Parksloper July 13, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Just like Romney going before the NAACP, they don't care, it's all a publicity stunt. WHAT is Eric Adams doing about the black on black crime?
Bkforman July 13, 2012 at 02:21 AM
And Ed Koch thinks that Ray Kelly should be the next mayor. If that happens I will be leaving this place!
Edward P. Gousse July 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Think of it like this, you either make less enemies by visiting or more enemies by not. Be part of the solution, make the visit!
sb32199 July 13, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Kelly's been going to community meetings for years. I've seen him in Bed Stuy handling all the questions you might expect. At those meetings, almost EVERYONE asks for MORE police presence. But community leaders like Eric Adams don't attend, and outside those meetings, Adams, et.al. criticize the NYPD.
Kevin mars July 13, 2012 at 05:51 PM
The p.d and comm are doing good all these people complain about the stop and search search program but when there is a killing where are the police most people in the areas look for the easy way out work whats that there selling drugs getting welfare food stamps free medical I think they should be given drug test if they come up positive cut them off I say cut them off anyway its our taxes I should work all week and cant live there getting all theses programs and off the book money from drugs delivering food hey a few hundread dollars or more week pocket money no taxes how many working people have that left after bills that you pay think about it get rid of the crap and that will fix our problem
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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