Commish Kelly: ‘You can't police without' stop-and-frisk
As a federal court nears a decision over the legality of stop-and-frisk, Kelly is defending the policy that he says has made the difference in NY
Jane C. Timm
Ray Kelly says if his department is guilty of anything, it’s saving lives—7,383 lives to be exact. In the 11 years since Kelly became New York City’s Police Commissioner, there have been 7,383 fewer deaths than the 11 years before Kelly took over, he said Tuesday.
Key to that drop in crime, Kelly says, is stop-and-frisk, New York’s much-criticized program that allows police to stop and question anyone if they suspect wrongdoing. Critics say the program is institutionalized racial profiling and point to the disproportionate number of stops that affect minorities.
“As a city, we have to face the reality that New York’s minority communities experience a disproportionate share of violent crime. To ignore that fact, as our critics would have us do, would be a form of discrimination in itself,” he wrote.