Covered at Reason 24/7: Lawmaker Testifies "Stop-and-Frisk" Meant to Put Fear into Minorities


It's been well-established that New York City's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policy targets mostly minorities. In today's testimony at a federal lawsuit challenging the policy, a New York State Senator said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly outright admitted the goal of the program was to target blacks and Hispanics.

Via the New York Post:

State Sen. Eric Adams, D-Brooklyn, said Kelly made the startling admission during a July 2010 meeting in Manhattan with then-Gov. David Paterson and other officials.

Adams, a former NYPD captain, said he complained that a "disproportionate" number of blacks and Hispanics were being subjected to the controversial crime-fighting program.

According to Adams, Kelly "stated that he targeted or focused on that group because he wanted to instill fear in them that any time they leave their homes they could be targeted by police."

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