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Mayor Bloomberg & Commissioner Ray Kelly Remarks On NYPD Monitoring

Mayor Bloomberg & Commissioner Ray Kelly Remarks On NYPD Monitoring

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Mayor Bloomberg & Commissioner Ray Kelly Remarks On NYPD Monitoring as delivered Aug. 13, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg & Commissioner Ray Kelly Remarks On NYPD Monitoring as delivered Aug. 13, 2013

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, NY 10007
August 12, 2013 No. 275www.nyc.gov
The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's remarks as delivered today at City Hall:
“Good afternoon – I’m joined by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and CorporationCounsel Michael Cardozo.“Every day Commissioner Kelly and I wake up determined to keep New Yorkers safeand save lives. Our crime strategies and tools – including Stop-Question-Frisk – have made NewYork City the safest big city in America. And I’m happy to say we are on pace for another recordlow number of shootings and homicides this year because our police officers follow the law andfollow the crime.“They fight crime wherever crime is occurring, and they don’t worry if their work doesn’t match up to a census chart. As a result, today we have fewer guns, fewer shootings, andfewer homicides. In fact, murders are 50 percent below the level they were 12 years ago whenwe came into office – something no one thought possible back then.“Stop-Question-Frisk – which the Supreme Court of the United States has found to beconstitutional – is an important part of that record of success. It has taken some 8,000 guns off the street over the past decade – and some 80,000 other weapons.“As guns continue to flow onto our streets from other states, we have to take everyconstitutionally protected step at our disposal to keep them out – and to keep them from beingused to kill innocent people.“Today, we have the lowest percentage of teenagers carrying guns of any major cityacross our country – and the possibility of being stopped acts a vital deterrent, which is acritically important byproduct of Stop-Question-Frisk.“The fact that fewer guns are on the street now shows that our efforts have beensuccessful. There is just no question that Stop-Question-Frisk has saved countless lives. And weknow that most of the lives saved, based on the statistics, have been black and Hispanic youngmen.
“It’s worth remembering that as recently as 1990, New York City averaged more than sixmurders a day. Today, we’ve driven that down to less than one murder a day.“Think about what that change really means: if murder rates over the last 11 years had been the same as the previous 11 years, more than 7,300 people who today are alive would bedead.“Stop-Question-Frisk has helped us prevent those and other crimes from occurring – which has not only saved lives, it has helped us to reduce incarceration rates by 30 percent, evenas incarceration rates in the rest of the nation have gone up.“That’s why people across the country and around the world have come to learn abouthow the NYPD has been so successful, and how we’ve driven crime down to record lows. Weare the poster child that everybody wants to follow.“Throughout the trial that just concluded, the judge made it clear she was not at allinterested in the crime reductions here or how we achieved them. In fact, nowhere in her 195- page decision does she mention the historic cuts in crime or the number of lives that have beensaved.“She ignored the real-world realities of crime, the fact that stops match-up with crimestatistics, and the fact that our police officers on patrol – the majority of whom are black,Hispanic, or members of other ethnic or racial minorities – make an average about less than onestop a week.“And even though the plaintiff’s own expert found that about 90 percent of stops have been conducted appropriately and lawfully, and another 5 percent may well have been conductedappropriately and lawfully, the judge still wants to put the NYPD into receivership based on theflimsiest of evidence in a handful of cases.“No federal judge has ever imposed a monitor over a city’s police department following acivil trial. The Department of Justice – under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama – never, notonce, found reason to investigate the NYPD.“But one small group of advocates – and one judge – conducted their own investigation.And it was pretty clear from the start which way it would turn out.“Given the judge’s public comments and media interviews throughout the case, thisdecision was certainly not a surprise. From even before the start of the case, when she offeredsome strategic advice to the plaintiffs that would allow her to hear the case, the judge clearlytelegraphed her intentions.“And she conveyed a disturbing disregard for the good intentions of our police officers,who form the most diverse Police Department in the country, and who put their lives on the linefor us every single day.2
“Throughout the case, we didn’t believe that we were getting a fair trial. This decisionconfirms that suspicion, and we will be presenting evidence of that unfairness to the AppealsCourt.“We will also be pointing out to the Appeals Court that Supreme Court precedents werelargely ignored in this decision. The NYPD’s ability to stop and question suspects that officershave reason to believe have committed crimes, or are about to commit crimes, is the kind of  policing that courts across the nation have found, for decades, to be constitutionally valid.“If this decision were to stand, it would turn those precedents on their head – and makeour city, and in fact the whole country, a more dangerous place.“Let’s be clear: People have a right to walk down the street without being targeted by the police – and we have a duty to uphold that right, which is why I’ve signed a law banning racial profiling, and it’s why the NYPD has intensified its training around Stop-Question-Frisk.“But people also have a right to walk down the street without being killed or mugged.And for those rights to be protected, we have to give the members of our Police Department thetools they need to do their jobs without being micro-managed and second-guessed every day by a judge or a monitor.“As mayor, my number one responsibility is protecting public safety – and doing so in away that complies with the law and respects the rights of all New Yorkers.“Together with Police Commissioner Kelly we have done that – and we will continue todo that as we appeal this decision.“Commissioner Kelly, would you say a few words?”
The following are Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly’s remarks as delivered today at City Hall:
“Thank you, Mr. Mayor. What I find most disturbing and offensive about this decision isthe notion that the NYPD engages in racial profiling. That simply is recklessly untrue. We do notengage in racial profiling, it is prohibited by law, it is prohibited by our own regulations. Wetrain our officers that they need reasonable suspicion to make a stop, and I can assure you thatrace is never a reason to conduct a stop. The NYPD is the most racially and ethnically diverse police department in the world.“In contrast with some societies, New York City and its Police Department have focusedtheir crime fighting efforts to protect the poorest members of our community who aredisproportionately the victims of murder and other violent crime – disturbingly so.“To that point, last year 97 percent of all shooting victims were black or Hispanic andreside in low-income neighborhoods. Public housing where five percent of the city’s population3

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