Ray Kelly, Police Commissioner, Criticizes Lack of Outcry Over Violence

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You have to hand it to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for taking on all comers over stop and frisk and the recent spate of violence, which led to 77 people shot in a week and 16 murders over the July 4 holiday.

On Monday, and again yesterday, Kelly railed against what he sees as apathy over the violence among community leaders, and too much hysteria over the stop and frisk campaign.

"There doesn't seem to be any major community response," Kelly told reporters in Harlem on Tuesday, according to the Daily News. "Many of them will speak out about stop and frisk but are shockingly silent when it comes to the level of violence right in their own communities."


It's unusual for a police commissioner to publicly criticize civilian pols on big issues, but Kelly has been adamant in defending the stop and frisk campaign as a key tool in reducing gun violence. Despite a lot of political pressure, fueled by the upcoming mayoral campaign, he doesn't seem to be backing down, and has in fact intensified his public statements on the issue.

One of the victims was three years old. "We have not had a demonstration about this three-year-old child," He continued. "We've had demonstrations about virtually every other issue in this city, except the level of violence."

"Ninety-six percent of our shooting victims are people of color, yet these community leaders are not speaking about that. I'd like to see some political outcry. I want them to be outraged that a 3-year-old child is shot on the streets."

The reaction from pols was fairly predictable, with Councilman Jumaane WIlliams saying he was "outraged at the presumptuous and patently false comment of Commissioner Kelly." Williams added that the increase in gun violence shows that stop and frisk doesn't work.

State Sen. Eric Adams, a former police officer, said Kelly's remarks prove he is disconnected, and that the NYPD's strategies are not addressing the issue.

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito: Kelly's remarks are "inflammatory and irresponsible."


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Johnny316
Johnny316

Lets take away race for a second and pause.  If crime was happening in your city in certain areas where would you put the greatest concentration of police resources?  In the areas where crime was happening right?  Regardless of how you feel about stop and frisk right now its the law, whether its effective or not its the law and its law enforcements job as enabled by the law to use judgement to prevent the crime.  So where would you think it occurs.  If its unsuccessful in finding perpetrators its just that.  But to argue that a greater concentration of these policies occurs in neighborhoods where crime is prevalent is ignoring the facts.  Cops aren't heavily staged and often frisking people in the Upper East Side for a reason.  Stop and frisk is a human rights issue- not a race issue.  If there was no stop and frisk policy, would you be in outcry if  arrest numbers support extra force relocation towards communities which are inhabited predominantly by minorities where crime exists?  I'll end it right here - the numbers already tell that story.  

Donovan X. Ramsey
Donovan X. Ramsey

There are conversation in and around communities of color that combat violence everyday. People in those communities know that. It's not publicized the way opposition to Stop and Frisk is because that violence is not a coordinated public policy. And what a sorry defense of an awful policy. Notice that he missed completely how Stop and Frisk hasn't stopped the exact violence of which he's supposedly so worried.

Amy T.
Amy T.

Commissioner Kelly is keeping the dialogue honest. It just hit too hard for many to handle. I understand that but, Kelly is speaking the truth and that is a tough pill to swallow, it seems.

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