NYPD Top Cop: Obama Was Right Not to Release bin Laden Photos
Thursday, May 05, 2011
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said he supports President Barack Obama's decision not to release grisly photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.
"We have to move on," Kelly said on WNYC's The Takeaway Thursday. "I think the decision was absolutely right on the part of the president."
Speaking ahead of Obama's visit to Ground Zero on Thursday, Kelly said the city will increase its uniformed presence in the city and will continue to maintain the tight security that's been in effect since the president announced the terror leader had been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.
"It's only logical that we have to be focused on the possibility that someone or some group trying to avenge the death of bin Laden," Kelly said.
President Obama plans to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site, visit a police station and fire house and meet family members of September 11 victims on Thursday. This is the president's fourth visit to the city in roughly five weeks.
Kelly also said the celebrations at Ground Zero and in Times Square that erupted when New Yorkers heard about bin Laden's death were "understandable," because the city's been under constant threat since the attacks nearly ten years ago.
"We've been targeted here successfully twice; 12 plots since Sept. 11th directed at the city," Kelly said. "So I think some form of expression, even jubilation is understandable."