Quinn suggests the scope of NYPD stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional
After New York Police commissioner Ray Kelly said in a televised interview that African-American men were "understopped" by police officers, the only Democratic mayoral candidate who wants to keep Kelly running the department in the next administration said she disagreed with the overall notion.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she didn't actually hear Kelly's comments, but that the overall number of stop-and-frisks conducted by the city's police force, and the percentage of those stops that actually produced weapons, suggested that the whole thing was counterproductive and unconstitutional.
"Stops at a level of 700,000 that yielded an insignifcant number of guns and contraband is too high," Quinn said. "That is a number that has torn police and communities apart."
She added, "I just don't believe stops at 700,000 are happening in a constitutionally sound way."
Quinn was standing outside the Apple store on 5th Avenue, where she unveiled her "ideas app," with which voters can submit ideas to her campaign.
At the event, I asked Quinn how, as mayor, she would go about reducing the scope of the department's stop-and-frisk program.
Quinn said she would improve training, and keep better track of the tangible results of the stops the police conduct.
"You want to make sure the right level of training" and "make sure officers understand the constitutional construct," she said.
She also said, "You need to be looking at what the stops are yielding."