Bloomberg says it is ‘always going to be the case’ that stop-and-frisk can be more selective

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Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly. ()
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Talking about the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactic this morning, the mayor defended it in principle, but said that commissioner Ray Kelly was reviewing, on a continuous basis, the way it was applied.

"There's people that say you can do it more selectively," said the mayor, during his regular Friday morning appearance on WOR radio's John Gambling Show. "That is always going to be the case, and Ray Kelly works very hard to train ... and he and I keep talking about it all the time, and he's always reviewing his procedures. And you know, you can expect Ray to keep changing over the next year and three quarters, as we evolve. But we believe that that is one of the major reasons that there are fewer guns on the street in New York City, and that because there are fewer guns, there are a lot less murders."
Kelly responded forcefully to questions about the policy at a recent Council hearing, saying that its critics have yet to come up with an effective alternative.

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