July 23rd, 2013
08:47 PM ET

"Racial profiling" or "Saving lives"? NYPD Commissioner defends "Stop & Frisk"

Racial profiling - it's why, some say, George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

It's also what some say the New York City police department does every day through its "stop and frisk" policy - a policy which allows police to stop, question and pat down people they believe could be carrying weapons or drugs.

This policy is being challenged in the courts, and the statistics are interesting:

  • 85% of those stopped in 2011 in New York City were black and Hispanic
  • Those same groups made up just half of the city's population

Today, police commissioner Ray Kelly defended his department in an op-ed writing, quote:

"Accusations of racial profiling ignore the fact that violent crime overwhelmingly occurs in minority neighborhoods."

Was George Zimmerman guilty of anything more than what the NYPD does every day?

OutFront: New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Filed under: Trayvon Martin • Zimmerman Case
soundoff (One Response)
  1. southerntongue

    “Stop and Frisk” is a breach of civil rights for anyone stopped, regardless of their race. The actions and abuse by the NYPD are filling the very definition of a “Police State” where citizens are under never ending scrutiny in order for cops meet a quota designed to turn profits. You can read much more about our Justice System running amuck and how they’ve violated civil liberties across the country in the name of the almighty dollar at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-privatized-police-state.html

    July 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply

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