Monday, July 19, 2010

NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly NO LONGER GOD ...stop-and-frisks

 Governor David Paterson's decision to scrap Kelly's databank of people not arrested in police stop-and-frisks is his first public smack-down in eight years as police commissioner.

Last week, after much debate, Governor Paterson signed legislation that stopped the NYPD from accumulating and keeping the controversial stop-and-frisk database that has existed for nearly a decade. Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly adamantly argued for its effectiveness in crime prevention, with Bloomberg saying, "We didn't lose. The people who are going to lose are the victims...The proponents of the bill are in neighborhoods where crime is high, and we're trying desperately to protect the people who live in those communities—and they've just taken away one of the tools."