Mayor Michael Bloomberg Continues to Defend NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne Over Anti-Muslim Film
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:58 AM
Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to defend NYPD spokesman Paul Browne Monday — days after the top police aide was forced to backpedal on remarks when it was revealed that nearly 1,500 officers were shown an anti-Muslim film.
"Anyone who knows Paul Browne knows he gives you the facts always as he knows them at the time, and later on, if he finds the facts he gave you are wrong, he's not shy about standing up and correcting himself," Bloomberg said. "He is as good as you could have representing the city and representing the police department. We're lucky to have him."
Browne said Bloomberg was "gracious" and he appreciated the mayor's remarks.
He had previously said clips of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in the film were stitched together from online interviews and admitted last week that he recommended Kelly be interviewed for the film "The Third Jihad."
"I agreed, and regret that considering I thought that somebody with those credentials would have produced a more objective production and that turned out not to be the case," Paul Browne, deputy commissioner for the NYPD, told WNYC's The Takeaway on Wednesday.
The film shows TV images of Hezbollah rocket attacks and children being held hostage by Muslim militants.
Kelly said Friday he had no plans to step down and said the screening of the film was the work of a “well meaning” sergeant, he said, who played the film on a loop in an area where officers “could take a break.”
Police documents obtained by NYU's Brennan Center for Justice and made public last week revealed nearly 1,500 officers were exposed to the video.
Browne previously told WNYC that the film had been screened once.
With reporting by Brian Zumhagen