New York Lawmaker Says Police Commissioner Kelly Admitted Targeting Blacks And Hispanics
This is the problem with the city’s “Stop and Frisk” policy.
State Sen. Eric Adams, D-Brooklyn, said Kelly made the startling admission during a July 2010 meeting in Manhattan with then-Gov. David Paterson and other officials.
Adams, a former NYPD captain, said he complained that a “disproportionate” number of blacks and Hispanics were being subjected to the controversial crime-fighting program.
According to Adams, Kelly “stated that he targeted or focused on that group because he wanted to instill fear in them that any time they leave their homes they could be targeted by police.”
Adams said he was “amazed” and “shocked” by Kelly’s alleged remarks, adding: “I told him that was illegal.”
He said Kelly responded by asking: “How else are we going to get rid of guns?”
The judge in the “stop and frisk” trial this morning invited NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to take the witness stand and testify about the controversial crime-fighting program.
During cross-examination, city lawyer Heidi Grossman tried to read from a written declaration in which Kelly denied making the remarks, but was blocked by the judge, who called it a “back door” method of admitting testimony from the city’s top cop.