Tish James wonders who Ray Kelly has been talking to
City Councilwoman Tish James of Brooklyn, who says her brother, cousin, nephew and neighbor have all been stopped-and-frisked this past week, strongly disagreed with New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly's assertion that some people in "communities of color" want more stop-and-frisks.
"I am not sure what people Commissioner Kelly is communicating with," James wrote in an email. "But most people of color I know want reform and smarter policing. Stop and frisk abuses have no place in a civil society. The practice currently conducted by the police does not recognize or respect the civil liberties of people of color in this city. The practice is done without any objective factors. The practice robs individuals of their humanity, decency and spirit. It is unacceptable and ineffective and just plain wrong."
Kelly made the comment today after testifying at a City Council budget hearing, where he announced that the department would taking some steps to reevaluate its use of stop-and-frisk.
UPDATE: After seeing the video of Kelly's comments, City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito said, "I wonder what world he's living in."
Viverito, who represents East Harlem, said Kelly was "disconnected from reality," and that she'd like to see him or anyone else walk through her district and "find one person" who wants more stop-and-frisks.