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.