Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told “Your World” on Monday that he attributes recent violence in the city and the increase in officers leaving the police department to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“I put all of this at the feet of Mayor de Blasio,” Kelly told host Neil Cavuto on Monday.
“He has undermined the New York police force since he took office in 2014,” he added.
Kelly made the comments the day after New York Police officers, in response to a Manhattan shooting report, encountered a large crowd throwing bottles and rubble at them.
The New York City Police Charitable Association shared a video that showed the crowd screaming and throwing multiple glass bottles at a police cruiser. The incident occurred when officers attempted to disperse the group of nearly 500 people in the Harlem neighborhood.
“This is what a ‘light touch’ looks like: Police officers who responded to a shooting job in Harlem last night came across this,” the city’s largest police union tweeted, referring to Blasio’s comments. during George Floyd’s protests last month.
The Harlem incident came amid increased violence in New York City. From last Monday to midnight on Sunday, there were 63 shootings and 85 victims shot, the New York Post reported. The shootings have more than doubled compared to the same time last year.
“We have some serious problems in New York City, there is no question about it,” Kelly said Monday. “Shootings, murders, assaults [are] Go through the roof. “
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He added that “messy groups” also pose problems “across the city,” with the groups “defying the police, inciting them. [and] looking to confront them. “
“It is understandable that the police are backing down because those are the instructions they have,” Kelly continued.
“About two weeks ago, the mayor took one of the most valuable tools to fight street crime and it is [the] police elimination and [sent] a signal to the criminal community that the NYPD or the city are surrendering when it comes to violent crime. “
Then he noted that “pensions are very high [and are] Go through the roof. “
New York police told Fox News on Saturday that 272 officers had applied for retirement between Floyd’s death on May 25 and June 23. That represents a 49 percent increase over the same period in 2019.
“There is no support from the political class here in New York City,” Kelly told Cavuto.
Earlier this month, New York City Council leaders released a joint statement stating their intention to back proposals that cut $ 1 billion from the New York Police budget.
New York police have a proposed budget of $ 6 billion, which De Blasio has vowed to cut in response to city-wide protests, after initially backing the department.
The loss of $ 1 billion in funds would limit the scope and role of the police, but the City Council believes it shows a clear commitment to reform.
Kelly said Monday that the $ 1 billion New York police outlay “is apparently going to take place.”
“It only means that the police force must be reduced in some way, because 90 percent of the police budget is for personnel,” he explained. Who hurts that? It hurts people in the poorest communities. They are the ones who need the police the most. “
He went on to say that he has attended “countless community meetings” and that “no one has asked for less police.”
“They may not love the police, but they love them and they know they need them,” Kelly said.
He added that “this crime wave” sends “an important message.”
“He says New York will no longer be the safest big city in the United States, it just can’t be,” Kelly said. “You will see increases in violence and there is no light at the end of the tunnel that I know of.”
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Sources confirmed to Fox News earlier this month that text messages circulating throughout the NYPD are calling members to “strike” on July 4 in protest of anti-police rhetoric and budget cut proposals, as Tensions in the wake of the recent deaths involving officers have reverberated. through the city and the country.
Fox News’ David Aaro, Peter Aitken, Stephanie Pagones and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.