So this happened.
In a Playboy interview released last Friday, New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly insisted that minority communities appreciate the department’s controversial and racially profiling stop-and frisk program.
Oh yes, because they just love being disenfranchised, according to Kelly.
When Glenn Plaskin of Playboy pointed out to Kelly that most New Yorkers believe stop-and-frisk is excessive, the police commissioner argued that minority communities actually want stop-and-frisk. “What you have is government by advocacy group,” Kelly said. “Among the people, there’s no groundswell against stop-and-frisk—certainly not in minority communities. I’m there all the time. They want more proactive policing.”
Plaskin tried again, asking, “Can you understand how some young men of color who have been stopped for no reason may hate your guts?”
Instead of facing the music, Kelly offered this instead:
“You might read something snarky on Twitter, but I could take you right now to 125th Street in Harlem and young men will stop me for my picture and give me a very favorable and friendly greeting,” he said. “They understand that we’re saving lives in their community, that they’re the ones at risk.”
Wait? Is he talking about THE 125th Street in Harlem? But Kelly’s delusional idea that minorities want to be stopped and frisked multiple times a year may be due to this:
Kelly also told Playboy he ignores media criticism of his leadership, so he may not have seen the numerous polls showing stop-and-frisk’s unpopularity, particularly among people of color. Nearly two-thirds of all New Yorkers and 80 percent of African Americans think the NYPD favors white people.
Which means he’s not delusional…just oblivious. But we’re sure it’s the other way around. What do you think of Kelly’s comments? Sound off below…
SOURCE: Think Progress | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty