When asked if he'd "get rid of Ray Kelly," Thompson replied, "It's not about Ray Kelly. I think he's done an excellent job and I happen to personally like the commissioner."
Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute who has written about police policy said Scheindlin's ruling was "very worrisome" and may indicate how the judge "is going to rule in the remaining cases before her."
San Francisco's mayor Ed Lee recently said that he's considering adopting a stop-and-frisk strategy similar to one employed by the New York Police Department under Ray Kelly.
Martin Luther King III, the son of the slain civil rights leader, joined Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and several City Council members at a press conference outside City Hall denouncing the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactic, which they say unfairly targets minorities.
Faced with this contention in the past, police commissioner Ray Kelly has challenged critics to come up with an alternative means of keeping rates of violent crime in the city as low as they have been.