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WEST VILLAGE — Leaders in law enforcement from around the nation called on the new mayor to bring in a police cheif that can oversee sweeping changes in the culture of the NYPD Saturday.
Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore PD, and Ron Davis, former chief of Boston PD, joined by other experts in the field, spoke as part of the Talking Transition two-day event run by the Open Society Foundations.
The goal of the effort is to bring community voices into the discussion about what mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s administration should look like.
De Blasio has already come under fire for his commitment to overhaul the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. Although the program is extremely unpopular, especially among black and Latino communities, some argue the policy is the reason New York has lowered its crime rate in recent years.
Just one day earlier an article quoted Police Commissioner Ray Kelly agreeing with Playboy Magazine reporter who had asked if Kelly thought the Democratic mayoral candidates were all “full of sh–” in their public criticism of stop-and-frisk.
“Absolutely,” agreed Kelly in the piece, which appeared Friday and seemed to be dumping on de Blasio. “It just goes to show you what some politicians will do. They’ll say or do anything to get elected.”
De Blasio, who appeared at the National Action Network in Harlem Saturday with Al Sharpton, said since the interview he and Kelly had cleared the air, CBS reported. The mayor-elect is still expected to replace Kelly, who is the longest-serving police commissioner of New York City.
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