Police Commissioner Ray Kelly issued some dire predictions Sunday, warning that violent crime will rise and return New York City to the bad old days without the stop-and-frisk program.
As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, a concerned-looking Kelly made multiple network television appearances Sunday morning to defend the controversial program.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the program violated the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs in the civil rights lawsuit.
The city filed its notice of appeal against the ruling on Friday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have repeatedly defended the program as an important tool in cutting down on violent crimes in the city. They have also blasted those who claim the police department engages in racial profiling.
“The judge in this case has indicted an entire police department – almost 36,000 police officers – for racial profiling based on what we believe is very flimsy information, flimsy evidence. The plaintiff’s expert looked at 4.4 million stops and out of that number of stops over a 10-year period, the expert working for the plaintiffs found six percent to be unjustified,” Kelly told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer on “Face The Nation.”
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