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NYPD Commissioner Kelly Slams Community Groups for Lack of Outcry to Gun Violence

Says community leaders have been silent about the 77 shootings last week, despite their protests to his stop-and-frisk policy.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly blasted community leaders for what he believes was a lack of response to the recent spate of gun violence that left 77 injured or killed in the city last week, according to the New York Daily News.

“Many of them will speak out about stop-and-frisk” but are “shockingly silent when it comes to the level of violence right in their own communities,” Kelly said at an event in Harlem on Tuesday, according to the paper.

Kelly argued that there has been no demonstration about and shot in the leg at Bed-Stuy's Roosevelt Houses playground over the weekend.

“I'd like to see some political outcry,” Kelly said, according to the Daily News. “I want them to be outraged that a three-year-old child is shot on the streets.”

Elected officials were outraged at Kelly’s comments, with City Councilman Jumaane Williams, D-Brooklyn, calling his words “presumptuous and patently false,” as well as an “insult” to communities like his, according to the article.

“Maybe he'd like to come with me when I go to the families of the victims just hours after they’ve lost a son and see just how silent I am,” Williams said. 

In an email statement, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (57th A.D.) called the increased violence "deeply troubling," and attributed it to the fact that there are too many guns and too few jobs: "It is unnecessarily divisive for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to cast blame on others who do not have direct responsibility for the safety of our city."

Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Prospect Heights, agreed, writing via e-mail that "[b]laming elected and community leaders will not bring back the lives of those who died from senseless violence over the last few days."

"The NYPD needs to increase and re-distribute resources through hiring more police, developing new community policing strategies, supporting preventive organizations that interrupt and stop violence, and engaging the community in a real dialog geared towards ending violence. The police commissioner's comments are a distraction from the fact that stop-and-frisk is a failed policy," she added.

Jeffries suggested city and civic leaders put their heads together to find solutions to violence, rather than letting it divide the city.

"Moving forward, it is my hope that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration will work closely with civic leaders to address the violence problem and improve the relationship between the police and the community," he said.

dastuystrata July 15, 2012 at 03:05 PM
@heather.. St.John's Washington is a Stage aka the "Strip" for hustlers since the late 80's. That whole strip should be under federal watch. IRS, FBI ATF DEA. any where that you have low rental property next to 24hr bodegas and drugs yo u gonna have the formentioned problem. Why vent and complain on a blog. when u can go complain to the cops. Neighborhood gotta step up. with violent crime. "Snitching was only denounced with in the criminal element. Seeing something and not saying something with your name attached means your accepting the demise of the neighborhood your work hard for.
dastuystrata July 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Stop n frisk ..is smoke.. people behind the guns kill. take away the guns, then some one gets stabbed with kitchen knife. The atmosphere most change. not police policy.
dastuystrata July 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I think your comment is on point we must connect the dots.
dastuystrata July 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Bedstuy is is ground zero for the break down of human services. And it is all purposely done. Willy Lynch's ideals is in full effect.
Interested August 02, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Jose, you seem to be saying 2 things here. If you are not opposed to stop and frisk then it should be OK with you when the police are doing their jobs. Why are you irritated with your stop and frisks. They are simply being fastidious and trying to get guns of the street to make it safer for you and your fiancee.

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