Instilling Fear in Black and Latino Youth

During testimony Monday in the case against NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) recounted comments made by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly:

Kelly said that officers focused on that group of people “because he wanted to instill fear in them that every time they left home they could be targeted by police.”

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9 replies
  1. 1
    Sly says:

    Kelly’s fascism and incompetence should surprise no one by now. What is somewhat surprising is that Bloomberg managed to find a more incompetent fascist than Bernard Kerick to be NYPD Commissioner.

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    sun tzu says:

    The ghost of Bull Conner is alive & well & walks the streets of Bugsy Bloomburg’s New Birmingham.

    I thought I lived in a different country.

    “Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. . . .” –Oh, wait, that was the late Jack Layton of Canada.

  3. 3
    raven says:

    Forty-five years ago tonight was Dr King’s final speech.

  4. 4
    ChrisNYC says:

    There’s an interesting wrinkle with Kelly not testifying — in the NYFD discriminatory hiring case both Bloomberg and Scarpetta got ripped by a federal judge for doing an “I cannot recall” act during their depositions. The opinion basically says, “They were deposed and they lied about not knowing anything.” Here, the City fought and won to keep Kelly from being deposed. But, since he wasn’t deposed, he can’t testify, so the Adams statement stands unrebutted. Smart by plaintiffs.

  5. 5
    Woodrowfan says:

    we can has fascism??

  6. 6
    Mnemosyne says:


    Early morning, April 4

    Which also reminds me, I’ve got a Kindle copy of Hellhound on His Trail, about the hunt for that asshole James Earl Ray, that I really should read. Maybe while we’re in Arizona this weekend — I always like some light reading on vacation. When we went to Hawaii, I read Nixonland.

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    rikyrah says:

    and folks question Black folks’ suspicions of the police.

  8. 8
    Li says:

    It seems that the NYPD decided to fight terrorism by really getting in the heads of the terrorists. By, you know, becoming terrorists themselves.

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    jh says:

    I lived in NYC during under both Kerik and Kelly.

    The sheer, unmasked fascism I saw and experienced at the hands of the NYPD, along with the rampant corruption, is one of the factors that prompted me to leave a city that I love very much.

    You only can take so much, ya know?

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