When pressed about police interactions with the public, [NYPD Commissioner Ray] Kelly said “the best thing for a person to do when being stopped is cooperate. Accept it as a fact of urban life. It overall is helping to keep New York City safe.”
The comments today are the strongest denunciation of the NYPD tactics by a law enforcement official so far. The comments follow complaints from New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Senator Robert Menendez and Newark mayor Cory Booker.
The reactions from New Jersey officials stand in sharp contrast to the the reactions from New York lawmakers, which have ranged from full-throated and strong support for Kelly, to mild statements questioning the practice’s effectiveness.
Which is to say there seems to be a very heavy jurisdictional element to the fight over the surveillance program, in the sense that it has become a turf way between New Jersey and New York and now, publicly, between the F.B.I. and the NYPD.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne strongly rejected Ward’s characterization.
"Contrary to Mr. Ward’s assertions," Browne said, "the NYPD has established strong ongoing relations in the Muslim community, and our intelligence gathering has led to the capture of the radical converts."
You better keep an eye on your son.
via NYPD spokesman Paul Browne:
Statement by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly:
Nearly five years ago, I agreed to be interviewed about terrorist threats by a filmmaker with bona fides that included former employment with Dateline NBC and the White House for what ultimately would be released as “The Third Jihad.” While it never became part of the Department’s curriculum, and was not authorized for any training, regrettably it was shown in a room where officers who were filling out paperwork or on break from actual training had an opportunity to view it over an extended period in 2010. When a police officer offended by its content brought it to the attention of Department officials, it was withdrawn. I offer my apologies to members of the Muslim community, in particular, who would find the film inflammatory and its airing on Department property, though unauthorized, to be inappropriate.
[Ray] Kelly gave our filmmakers an hour & a half interview for use in the film…
Mr. Kelly should apologize for the film…