Mayor Bill de Blasio has endangered the lives of New Yorkers every day by abandoning the proven crime-fighting “stop-and-frisk” strategy, ex-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly writes in a blistering new book.
First revealed Sunday in the New York Post,
the book has a slew of explosive new charges against the mayor, whose popularity is declining at such a rate that he may see challenges from his own party.
“De Blasio shrugged and walked away from a routine and useful policing tool, snatching law enforcement defeat from the jaws of legal victory,” Kelly writes in “Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City.”
“And who benefited most from our successes?” Kelly writes. “The very people the de Blasio campaign were reportedly speaking for, young minority males especially.”
- Blasts de Blasio’s campaign rhetoric. He says the mayor treated cops as “cartoonish villains” and used that tactic to eke out a victory with a “narrow slice” of liberal voters.
- Slams the mayor for dividing police from the communities they serve by exploiting cases like that of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man killed after police confronted him for selling loose cigarettes.
Kelly's book is due to be released on September 8th.
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