De Blasio Says He's "Cleared the Air" With NYPD

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly recently said de Blasio and other Democratic candidates were "pandering to get votes," in criticizing police stops of young black and Hispanic men

Saturday, Nov 16, 2013  |  Updated 1:37 PM EDT
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De Blasio Says He's "Cleared the Air" With NYPD

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Bill de Blasio, New York's mayor-elect. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he's "cleared the air" with NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly after the city's top police official told Playboy magazine Democratic candidates were "pandering" when they criticized police stop-and-frisk policies.

De Blasio spoke Saturday at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in Harlem. He told reporters afterward he talked to Kelly on Friday and had a good conversation. He said the two cleared the air and were moving forward.
 
In the December issue of the magazine, Kelly said de Blasio and other Democratic candidates were "pandering to get votes," in criticizing police stops of young black and Hispanic men.
 
De Blasio has said he won't keep Kelly as commissioner.
 
The NYPD didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.
 

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