By Nicholas Stix
The truth is, both of these brilliant Irishmen are pathological liars. The only difference is on the personal side.
Kelly (here, here and here), as he presents himself in public, is a likeable fellow who was the son of a milkman, and has never forgotten his working-class roots. Kelly joined the NYPD as a young man; served in the Marine Corps in the War in Vietnam, where he made it to officer; returned to the NYPD, where he went to law school nights, while pounding the pavement by day; made it all the way to Police Commissioner, not once, but twice, sandwiched around a tour of duty as commissioner of what was then called the U.S. Customs Service. Ray Kelly has been married to the same woman forever.
Conversely, Bratton (here, here, here, and here.), the son of a longshoreman, grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston, but has never exuded the warmth of a Ray Kelly, and is a social climber. Bratton is currently on his fourth marriage.
I have been reporting on the NYPD’s fraudulent statistical reporting practices, which I’ve variously called “crime stories,” “disappearing urban crime,” and “fakestats” since August 1996, when I published the first national exposé on the subject.
Also at WEJB/NSU, and by this writer:
“Crime Stories” (First national exposé of “fakestats”!) (1996);
Part I: “The Philadelphia Story: When the Cops are Crooks” (2002);
Part II: “Solving Philly Crime with an Eraser: The ‘Good Irishman’ and the Race Man” (2002);
“‘De-Policing’ in America’s Cities: Erasing the ‘Thin Blue Line’” (2002);
“The War on Police” (2002);
“‘Disappearing’ Urban Crime” (2004);
“Paul Moses: How the New York City Police Department Managed to Make Shootings and Stabbings “Disappear” (2005);
“LAPD: ‘We Don`t Get into’ Immigration Status of Christmas Story Director`s Killer” (2007);
“The Great Chicago Memorial Day Gang Attack Cover-Up” (2011);
“How Much of America’s Revolution in Crime-Fighting and Drop in Crime are Due to Importing the Mexican Model, Where Victims Give Up on Reporting 90%” (2011);
“Detroit: New Crime Stats Fail Smell Test; How Could Crime Go Down 7% Overall Last Quarter, While Homicides Went Up 31%?” (2011);
“Re-Victimization and ‘Disappearing’ Scandals: Dallas PD Revolutionizes Crime-Fighting Through Wholesale Stashing, ‘Unfounding,’ & Ignoring Complaints” (2012);
“Chicago: Homicides Up 60%, Non-Fatal Shootings Up 37%, and Overall… Crime is Down 10%, and Rape is Down 15%?!” (2012);
“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Screw the Stupid, Phony Crime Stats, I Care about Individual Sob Stories! Besides, Crime is Dropping…” (2012);
“Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn: ‘The Computer Ate My Crime Stats’: ‘Disappearing’ Crime in Milwaukee… and Everywhere Else” (2012);
“The Chief Strikes Back: Supporter of Milwaukee PD Chief Ed Flynn Says Flynn is being Smeared” (2012);
“From Compstat to Fakestat: The Epidemic of Fraudulent Official Crime Reports” (2012);
“North American Consultants ‘Disappearing’ Trinidad`s (Horrific) Crime Rate?” (2012);
“Justice Department: Nearly 3.4 Million Violent Crimes Per Year Went Unreported to Police from 2006 to 2010” (2012);
“Stix Vindicated! Academics, Magazine Confirm Big City Police are ‘Disappearing’ Crime” (2014); and
“Disappearing Urban Crime in Los Angeles.”