9:28 am Mar. 23, 2012
"I think this is the type of information that helps us do our job," New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly said during an interview on New York 1 when asked about the maps his department created identifying businesses owned by Middle Eastern residents.
"It gives us a total picture, context, for a particular neighborhood," he said. "But if you spin it out that it is somehow spying, I can see someone being annoyed by it. That's part of the issue."
It was here that Kelly turned the question into a comment on his critics.
"We're sort of under attack," he said. "The A.P. has done over 30 stories. It's pretty tough to go up against a wire service that has a certain template that it's sticking to. I would submit that they have not done their homework."
Kelly said that there was legal authority for the NYPD tactics not accurately presented in the stories.
When NY1 host Josh Robin said it's not just the A.P. raising questions about the NYPD, but other people including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Kelly interjected.
"Eric Holder said he only knows what he read in the newspaper, so it does get back to the Associated Press," he said.
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