New York Post
February 11, 2004

PBA: BOOT KELLY FOR COP-SHOOT REMARKS

By Larry Celona

The city's cop union yesterday demanded that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly resign amid charges he rushed to judgment when he called the fatal rooftop shooting of an unarmed Brooklyn teen by an officer unwarranted.

The cop who fired the bullet, Richard Neri, is set to testify before a grand jury today.

Hours after Neri mortally wounded 19-year-old Timothy Stansbury on Jan. 24, Kelly said that "at this point, based on the facts that we have gathered, there appears to be no justification for this shooting."

Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, blasted the commissioner for his alleged "premature judgment" after union delegates took a "no confidence" vote in Kelly and called on him to step down.

"The message that Commissioner Kelly has sent to police officers is, 'Do your job, risk your life, but you are on your own,' " he said.

Mayor Bloomberg stood by Kelly.

"[Kelly's] done exactly what's right. When he sees information, he puts it out. The public has a right to know," the mayor said.

Neri is expected to tell grand jurors investigating the shooting that he was startled when his partner stumbled after the roof door leading to a housing-project stairwell swung open - and that he fired involuntarily, sources said.