View Full Version : NYPD boss said stop-and-frisk designed to 'instill fear' in minorities -

04-02-2013, 09:21 AM
A New York State Senator testified in federal court Monday that New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly explained the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk program as a means of instilling fear in young African American and Hispanic men.

Twenty-two year NYPD veteran and State Senator Eric Adams told the court that in 2010 he traveled to Albany to voice his support to a bill that would forbid the NYPD from keeping a database of information pulled from stop-and-frisks that did not lead to an arrest. That bill would ultimately pass, but Adams testified on Monday that, upon telling Kelly the program disproportionately targeted young black and Latino men, the commissioner was far from concerned.

The new testimony follows evidence from more than one New York cop (http://rt.com/usa/second-nypd-officer-quotas-691/) indicating that the department has set, officially or unofficially, quotas for stop-and-frisks. There has also been recent testimony from those officers that the program specifically targets people of color.

Kelly “stated that he targeted and focused on that group because he wanted to instill fear in them that every time they left their homes they could be targeted by police,” Adams said.

He said Kelly justified his reasoning by asking, “How else would we get rid of guns?”

“I was amazed,” Adams said in court. “I told him that was illegal.”

Under Kelly and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg the NYPD has stopped an estimated 4.4 million people, most of whom have been in the demographic Kelly allegedly described to Adams. The policy allows officers to stop pedestrians on the street if they perceive that person is on the way to committing a crime, is in the process of committing a crime, or leaving the scene of a crime. Roughly 94 per cent of the stops result in no charges.


04-02-2013, 09:32 AM
Take away the rights of minorities and then go after majorities, then big brother has a tight squeeze on us all, just look at the changes over the past 10yrs.