This morning, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gave a speech at a gun violence panel during the annual convention of the National Action Network, the civil rights organization founded and led by one of the more prominent opponents of the NYPD's 'stop and frisk' policy, Rev. Al Sharpton.testified in Floyd v New York City that Ray Kelly had spoken to him about 'Stop & Frisk' back in 2010, and said
Kelly started his speech by invoking Martin Luther King Jr. using a quote from the slain civil rights leader to express the idea an ideal community should be judged "not by the size of our material wealth, but by the depth of our commitment to economic and social justice."
... that he targeted or focused on that group ((young men of color)) because he wanted to instill fear in them that any time they leave their homes they could be targeted by police."I find it difficult to believe that invoking the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to justify 'Stop & Frisk' would do anything but provoke even more anger, frustration and grief among those who are targeted by this policy.
It's time for Ray Kelly, his policies and his attitude, to be locked away in the dustbin of history.
Diaries on the 'Stop & Frisk' Trial, Floyd v New York City, underway now in NYC: