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February 11, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitutional

N.Y. Police Union Calls for Kelly to Quit

NEW YORK (AP)--Police union officials Tuesday demanded the resignation of police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, citing his lack of support for an officer who fatally shot an unarmed youth.

The vote of no confidence came at a meeting of delegates from the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. The union has criticized Kelly for declaring that the Jan. 24 killing of Timothy Stansbury, 19, appeared unjustified just hours after it happened.

``That showed to our members that when all goes wrong, they will not get the benefit of the doubt,'' PBA president Patrick Lynch said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Kelly's record ``impeccable.''

A spokesman for Kelly said the commissioner ``promptly and candidly'' reported on the shooting, performing ``a public service for police officers and the community alike.''

Officer Richard Neri shot Stansbury in the chest as the teen _ taking a shortcut over his housing project's rooftops--pushed open a metal door and startled Neri and a partner as they looked for drug suspects. A grand jury is weighing possible criminal charges.

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