BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Crime in the city continues to fall and some are saying based on his record Police Commissioner Ray Kelly should become the next head of The U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But detractors say the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy should disqualify him.
The mayor is touting the latest stats. In his weekly radio address he laid out the most recent numbers contrasting them to a year ago. “In 2013, this year, so far murders are down 29% from last year. Shootings are down 29 %.” The mayor added, “That great news isn’t isolated to a few neighborhoods. Every borough has gotten far safer.”
Overall crime dropped by a more modest 2.2% rate. The mayor says the Bronx which has about the same number of people as Philadelphia, the fourth largest city in the country, is on pace to have fewer than 100 killings this year for the first time since 1966 when Mickey Mantle was playing for the Yankees. The Bronx had 36 murders during the first half of the year compared to 116 in Philadelphia.
Both the mayor and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly say crime is down because of stop and frisk. Now Kelly’s name is being floated as the next head of Homeland Security. But even though crime is down minority officers rallied Sunday against Kelly getting the appointment saying stop and frisk is the reason Kelly should not be tapped as the next Homeland Security chief. “Why appoint someone with this abusive track record ? Why give him more power?” asked Noel Leader the co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. “It makes no sense and we outright reject any consideration to appoint Ray Kelly head of Homeland Security.”
The President of the National Latino Officers Association Anthony Miranda also weighed in saying “Imagine that he now represents the entire United States. I think that communities of color would be under attack if they allow him to be the next leader of Homeland Security.” The organizations which also included the Grand Council of Guardians also questioned the surveillance of Muslims under Kelly’s watch.
So far President Barack Obama has not said Kelly is his choice but did say he would be ” Well qualified” to run Homeland Security.