Stop and Frisk

NYPD Commissioner Resented Criticism from Mayoral Candidates

Pandering to the voters instead of the police. The nerve!


New York City's police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, "resented" the way the Democratic candidates for mayor criticized him and the Police Department while they were campaigning, he said in an interview with Playboy magazine that was released this week.

Sounding bitter, Mr. Kelly, who Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has said will be replaced, said the candidates were "pandering to get votes" when they criticized the department's policies, particularly its stop-and-frisk tactics. Without mentioning any of them by name, he accused the candidates of turning on him in public to curry favor with voters.

"I know all these people," Mr. Kelly said, according to a copy of the published interview provided by the magazine. "They all claimed to be friends of mine until the mayoral campaigns."