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NYPD’s Ray Kelly: Blacks “understopped” by police

Echoing what Joan Walsh called Mayor Bloomberg's "ugly" defenseof the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practice, police commissioner Ray Kelly asserted Wednesday night that African Americans are "understopped" by police. During an interview with ABC, the commissioner and the policing tactic's greatest defender, said that "African Americans are being understopped in relation to people being described as perpetrators of violent crime."

While Mayor Bloomberg has been mayor, the NYPD has carried out over5 million stop-and-frisks. Analysis by the ACLU of official police data found that over 86 percent of the stops were of black or Latino individuals. The analysis of police data also revealed that 88 percent of the stops did not result in an arrest or summons (and of course an even smaller proportion ever lead to a prosecution, or conviction). The number of innocent people stopped alone serves as ample riposte to Kelly's suggestion that any demographic is "understopped."

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