The city’s former top cop teed off Wednesday on the de Blasio administration for a report that criticized the NYPD for its handling of counter-terrorism investigations.
Former Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he was “incensed” at the Inspector General’s report, which found that the NYPD failed to get permission to continue investigations of Muslim groups.
“This is a pathetic attempt at another political hit job on the Police Department by the de Blasio administration and it clearly missed the mark,” he said on “The John Gambling Show” on AM 970.
“It really is absurd. The only rule that was mentioned that was broken was that the department did not notify itself about the extension of an investigation.”
Kelly went on to charge that Mark Peters, head of the Department of Investigation, was just doing de Blasio’s bidding.
“What the headline should have said is that the mayor’s own commission finds that the police department acted properly in choosing who it would investigate, but that’s the way of this administration,” he said.
“That’s what you get when the commissioner of investigation is the chairman of your campaign finance committee. It certainly lacks any credibility.”
Peters, who was the treasurer for de Blasio’s campaign committee, did not directly respond to Kelly Wednesday.
“We stand by our report’s findings and decline further comment,” DOI spokeswoman Diane Struzzi said.
“Mayor de Blasio will continue to trust and support our NYPD, and he’ll continue to reject the divisive worldview of Donald Trump, Ray Kelly and Rudy Giuliani,” said de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips.
Kelly also suggested that DOI set out to find wrongdoing, but simply couldn’t. Instead, it found that the NYPD acted correctly in choosing who it would investigate and why.
“They thought they would find something that the Bloomberg administration did but they couldn’t do it,” he said.
“It’s a twisted, distorted attempt to find something wrong,” he added. “If this holds any water in the de Blasio administration, then we’re all in trouble.”