It sure seemed like a “Bite Me” moment when the Commish was grilled at a City Council hearing about the city’s barely constitutional stop-and-frisk policy.
First some background. According to the Daily News, “In 2011, the NYPD stopped more than 684,000 people, a record high. The stats, obtained by the NYCLU, show about 10% of those stops resulted in an arrest or a summons. About 53% of the people stopped were black, 34% were Hispanic and only 9% were white.” Note: under Giuliani, only about 1/6 as many were stopped.
When challenged about the policy, Commissioner Kelly “fired back at elected officials who criticized the stop-and-frisk program and pushed them to offer another solution to curb gun violence. Not one could cough up an answer. . . . ‘I asked you for a solution to the problem of violence in these communities of color,’ he said. ‘I haven’t heard it.’ ”
Kelly’s ripost apparently caught the council members flat-footed. In a later email, however, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito said that her office had helped write just such an anti-violence plan in late 2011.