Ray Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner said on Sunday, that more people will die in the city if the stop and frisk program is derelict.
Judge of the U.S District Court in Manhattan Shira A.Scheindlin said on Monday that NYPD’s stop and frisk program violates constitutional rights and are called for federal oversight of the problem.
She said that because of this policy usually young minority men are suspected of wrongdoing without any objective reason.
During a press conference NYPD’s commissioner said that the department plans to appeal the ruling because the judge has accused the whole NYPD department, of racial profiling on the flimsiest of evidence, out of which 35,000 are officers.
The commissioner looked at 4.4 million stops over a 10-year period. He found 6 percent of them were, in his opinion, baseless.
In the trial itself, there were four petitioners, there were 12 witnesses, there were 19 stops,” Kelly said. “The judge herself found that 10 of the stops met constitutional aggregation, the judge pointed out some problems in the frisk. For a small amount of information to have such an extensive finding, this is very small evidence.
Pointing towards the record low number of murders in the city, Kelly said that if the program is ended with the next mayor of New York, more people will die.
He said the violent crime will go up, and this is something integral to policing and it’s just not a program.
This happens in all over America in any police jurisdiction. Officers have to have the right of inquiry if they see some suspicious behavior.
So this is an issue throughout America. And according to him this case has to be appealed, in my judgment, because it will be taken as a template and have significant impact in policing throughout America.