The city’s ex-top cop remained mum Monday after new Police Commissioner Bill Bratton blasted his approach to fighting crime.
But Kelly’s former mouthpiece came out swinging, defending his old boss’s record as commish.
“The Kelly legacy is secure because it is measured in lives saved, especially among young men of color, and in a city spared another terror attack despite multiple plots to kill more New Yorkers,” said former Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.
Bratton in a weekend TV interview said Kelly left him a department with “awful morale” — in part due to Kelly’s commitment to the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic employed by the NYPD.
Relaxing Monday at Citi Field as he took in the Mets’ home opener with his son, TV personality Greg Kelly, the former commissioner refused to offer a retort.
“I’m not commenting on that,” said Kelly. “I’m here to enjoy the game.”
Stop-and-frisk became the subject of a federal lawsuit that charged NYPD cops unfairly targeted minority males.
Records released in February show stop-and-frisks plummeted a staggering 86% in the last quarter of 2013, the final three months of Kelly’s tenure.
Cops used the tactic 12,495 times from October through December, down from 89,620 during the same time period in 2012.
While that continued a downward trend, Bratton said the damage was already done, with the NYPD subject to greater oversight.
“Quite clearly, the legacy of that era is now going to be the inspector general . . . a federal monitor . . . an enlarged (Civilian Complaint Review Board),” he said.