NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said he wouldn’t comment about the allegations against his son, he did speak Friday about a video that has caused an uproar in the Muslim community.
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Kelly said the “Third Jihad” movie, which Muslim groups say instructs Americans to be suspicious of all Muslims, was never approved for police training and a sergeant, who was not authorized, showed it on a loop in a break room where police officers filled out paper work.
Kelly said he’s now seen the “The Third Jihad.”
“I think it’s inflammatory and it’s a little much, and, as I say, we never intended to show that movie, but it was shown,” Kelly said.
Kelly, himself, was interviewed for the piece and appears in a 20-second clip. He points out that former mayor Rudy Giuliani and FBI Director Robert Mueller were also in it.
As for how Kelly even came to be interviewed for the movie, he said the maker of what was supposed to be a documentary had impressive credentials.
Though he initially said he was not involved, he later acknowledged giving filmmakers a 2007 interview and has apologized.
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Kelly did not say whether he would personally reach out to Muslim groups or leaders in light of the film flap.
“I think we have an excellent relationship with the Muslim community. We do a lot of events. We have a pre-Ramadan conference here. The auditorium is filled. I go, I visit mosques,” said Kelly.
He said those programs and efforts will continue and he has no plans to step down in response to calls for just that from Muslim organizations.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to support Kelly a day after saying he needed to re-establish the credibility he already has.
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