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Sanders responds to Kelly's defense of stop-and-frisk
July 11th, 2012

Seventy seven people have been shot in the city between July 2nd through the 8th of this month. Addressing the violence, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters yesterday: “There doesnt seem to be any major community response. Many of them will speak out about stop-and-frisk [but are] shockingly silent when it comes to the level of violence right in their own communities.”

His statement has unsurprisingly raised the ire of a number of community leaders.

Count Councilman James Sanders as one of those outraged by Kelly’s comments.

Commissioner Kelly seems to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth asking why there is no outrage over existing gun violence and then championing a policy that has failed to prevent it. Put simply, if stop-and-frisk was working, gun violence would be going down, not up. Our communities would be safer, not more dangerous. And people would feel more willing to engage their local precincts in community action against violence criminals, not afraid for their own civil liberties when approached by police.

Sen. Eric Adams told the NY Post that Kelly “basically said black elected officials dont care about the safety of their community.

Here is Sanders’ full statement:

Im puzzled by the Commissioners bizarre statements today, and cannot help but wonder if he is paying attention to what people are actually saying about stop and frisk. Even as the Commissioner was making this unfortunate, one size-fits-all statement, I was in Springfield Gardens at the site of a tragic shooting over the weekend, calling for greater community involvement and cooperation in policing and standing shoulder to shoulder with my neighbors to decry the violence on our streets. Perhaps, if the Commissioner truly had his ear to the ground, he would hear the anguished cries of the parents who have lost children, like little Isaiah Rivera, and would push for a renewed spirit of cooperation between community and police, rather than advancing divisive tactics that have been wholly ineffective in curtailing gun violence.
Commissioner Kelly seems to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth asking why there is no outrage over existing gun violence and then championing a policy that has failed to prevent it. Put simply, if stop and frisk was working, gun violence would be going down, not up. Our communities would be safer, not more dangerous. And people would feel more willing to engage their local precincts in community action against violence criminals, not afraid for their own civil liberties when approached by police.
I have called for people to take a stand against violence; I have called on our federal representatives to reinstitute the Brady Bill; I have called for further integration and involvement of the community in policing; I have called for gun buy backs and amnesty weapons programs that have been proven far more effective in removing guns. I now call on the Commissioner to join me in the effort to advance effective programs that protect the innocent and our civil liberties while returning New York City to its standing as the safest big city in America.

Im puzzled by the Commissioners bizarre statements today, and cannot help but wonder if he is paying attention to what people are actually saying about stop and frisk. Even as the Commissioner was making this unfortunate, one size-fits-all statement, I was in Springfield Gardens at the site of a tragic shooting over the weekend, calling for greater community involvement and cooperation in policing and standing shoulder to shoulder with my neighbors to decry the violence on our streets. Perhaps, if the Commissioner truly had his ear to the ground, he would hear the anguished cries of the parents who have lost children, like little Isaiah Rivera, and would push for a renewed spirit of cooperation between community and police, rather than advancing divisive tactics that have been wholly ineffective in curtailing gun violence.

Commissioner Kelly seems to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth asking why there is no outrage over existing gun violence and then championing a policy that has failed to prevent it. Put simply, if stop and frisk was working, gun violence would be going down, not up. Our communities would be safer, not more dangerous. And people would feel more willing to engage their local precincts in community action against violence criminals, not afraid for their own civil liberties when approached by police.

I have called for people to take a stand against violence; I have called on our federal representatives to reinstitute the Brady Bill; I have called for further integration and involvement of the community in policing; I have called for gun buy backs and amnesty weapons programs that have been proven far more effective in removing guns. I now call on the Commissioner to join me in the effort to advance effective programs that protect the innocent and our civil liberties while returning New York City to its standing as the safest big city in America.

By on July 11, 2012, 3:27 pm
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