In Reversal, NYPD’s Kelly Admits Role in Anti-Muslim Documentary


In a reversal of earlier comments, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly acknowledged that he cooperated with the makers of “The Third Jihad,” a controversial film that was shown to more than 1,400 NYPD officers in 2010. A spokesman had said Kelly’s appearance in the film was from recycled interviews, but he said Tuesday the commissioner had sat for an interview—a decision he now describes as a mistake.

The film says the goal of “much of Muslim leadership here in America” is to “infiltrate and dominate” the United States. Kelly amended his earlier comments when the film's producer, Raphael Shore, provided details about a 90-minute interview with the commissioner at Police Headquarters on March 19, 2007. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that whoever showed the film to city police officers during training “exercised some terrible judgment.”

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