NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Monday rushed to defend his boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, from bombshell charges by former police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, Kelly charged that de Blasio’s opposition to stop-and-frisk arrests has endangered the lives of New Yorkers.
When de Blasio ran for mayor, he called it a tale of two cities. Now, it is a tale of two police commissioners.
Kelly asserted in a new book that de Blasio has engaged in an “amazing surrender” by reducing the number of stop, question and frisks.
Kelly characterized de Blasio’s opposition to the program as a position geared to help him win an election – and a move that endangered public safety.
In his book, “Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City,” Kelly charged that de Blasio sought to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg by running against the police. Kelly wrote that the mayor “shrugged and walked away from a routine and useful policing tool, snatching law enforcement defeat from the jaws of legal victory.”