“And once again, there’s an awful lot of guns out there.”
That's how Mayor Michael Bloomberg concluded his press conference today, talking to dozens of reporters a block north of the Empire State Building, the scene of a shooting this morning that left a suspected murderer and a victim dead and nine bystanders injured, some of them, perhaps, by police.(1)
This afternoon at the Lower Manhattan surveillance headquarters established by the NYPD after September 11, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police commissioner Ray Kelly stood with a giant screen behind them and a wall of more than a dozen cameras before them to unveil their latest crime-fighting tool: the Domain Awareness System.(1)
Here’s Al Sharpton, who used to make his living as a police critic but is now positioning himself as a moderator between NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly and some of his detractors, calling for Kelly to meet with opponents of the department's stop-and-frisk program.
"We used to be one of the murder capitals of the United States, and we just are not going back, at least not while I am here," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning.
New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly's comment about leaders in high-crime neighborhoods being more interested in denouncing police than denouncing crime prompted a strong critical creaction from a number of elected officials.
Ray Kelly's claim that there haven't been demonstrations denouncing violence in high-crime areas "is simply factually wrong." [Hamilton Nolan]
The editor-in-chief of Global Grind -- which was founded by Russell Simmons -- has a suggestion for the NYPD Commissioner: "STOP them and before you frisk them, ask them if they've been silent." [Michael Skolnik]
Flashback: Simmons said Kelly was "really insensitive." [Capital]
Some of the recent murders this week would absolutely not have been stopped if there NYPD did more stop-and-frisks. [Chorie Sicha]
Speaking after a Police Athletic League event in Harlem yesterday, commissioner Ray Kelly wondered why leaders representing high-crime neighborhoods aren't as conspicuously angry about gun violence as they are about the tactics the NYPD employs to combat it.
"There doesn't seem to be any major community response" to the violence in high-crime neighborhoods, Kelly said.
ProPublica's Justin Elliott took a look at Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly's often-cited statistic that the New York Police Department stopped 14 terrorist attacks on New York City, and concluded that it's too high.
After acknowledging a hard-to-ignore spike in gun violence in New York City, police commissioner Ray Kelly said the city would be a lot worse off if the NYPD weren't using "proactive" methods to combat crime.
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.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg traveled to the heart of stop-and-frisk country on Sunday morning to talk about murder, and how the controversial police tactic reduces its incidence.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said that the governor's effort to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana, which he publicly supports, is not an olive branch to stop-and-frisk critics, "but it will certainly end some of the objections."
Ray Kelly, the New York Police Department commissioner, gave a wide-ranging interview to the Queens Chronicle which seemed motivated in part by a desire to correct what he considers inaccuracies in the public record.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's support for decriminalizing the possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana in public view mirrors a directive NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly issued last year.