NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) and the other Democratic candidates were “pandering to get votes” when they criticized police stops of young black and Hispanic men.
Kelly tells Playboy magazine that the candidates all claimed to be friends with him until their mayoral campaigns.
Asked in salty language by the interviewer if the candidates were “just full of” it, Kelly said “absolutely.”
A spokeswoman says de Blasio has no comment on Kelly’s interview.
De Blasio and the other Democratic candidates frequently criticized police stop-and-frisk tactics during the campaign.
Asked how he felt about being used as a “political football” in mayoral debates, Kelly said he resented it.
He said it shows that some politicians will say or do anything to get elected.