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FILE- In this May 6, 2011 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, left, talks with Paul Browne, the department's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, at City Hall in New York. Lately, Brown has come under fire from local media as well as community activists for a series of flip-flops, hedges and retractions he has made on behalf of the Department.

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending a police spokesman who's come under fire from activists who say he botched the department's explanation about a film critical of Muslims.

Bloomberg said Monday that the city was "lucky" to have Paul Browne in the position.

Browne drew attention by first saying the movie aired only a couple of times at the department and used borrowed footage of his longtime boss, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

He later backtracked. He said the film played on a loop for three months during NYPD counterterrorism training. He also said that on his advice, Kelly was interviewed for it.

It was another instance where Browne found himself at the center of some of the globe's biggest stories. He said dealing with critics comes with the territory.