The week began with Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruling that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practice is unconstitutional. On NBC's Meet the Press, Commissioner Ray Kelly said that ending the initiative would definitely lead to an increase in violent crime. “No question about it, violent crime will go up," Kelly said. “We have record low numbers of murders in New York City, record low numbers of shootings, we're doing something right to save lives."
Kelly continued, explaining that the "need" for stop-and-frisk expands beyond the city of New York:
“This happens throughout America at any police jurisdiction. You have to do it. Officers have to have the right of inquiry, if they see some suspicious behavior. So I can assure you, this is not just a New York City issue. It's an issue throughout America. And this case has to be appealed in my judgment because it will be taken as a template and have significant impact in policing throughout America."
Unsurprisingly, the city is appealing the ruling, which characterized stop-and-frisk as blatant racial profiling. Kelly also spoke to that, saying: "The stark reality is that violence is happening disproportionately in minority communities. And that unfortunately is in big cities throughout America.”
Kelly, as you may remember, famously said that African-Americans are actually "understopped" when its comes to stop-and-frisks. Whatever that means.
[via New York Post]
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