If you’re black person in New York City, be afraid, be very afraid. Even with the stop and frisk trial in full swing, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly don’t seem to want to back down. Last night during an interview with ABC’s “Nightline” , NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly reiterated a previous point made by Bloomberg earlier this week. Bloomberg said NYPD critics unfairly compare the number of black and Latino men stopped to the number of black and Latino men in the general population, whereas they should be comparing the numbers of stops to the descriptions of suspects.
“The stark reality is that crime happens in communities of color,” Kelly told “Nightline” co-anchor Bill Weir Wednesday.
“About 70% to 75% of the people described as committing violent crimes — assault, robbery, shootings, grand larceny — are described as being African-American.
“The percentage of people who are stopped is 53% African-American,” he continued. “So really, African-Americans are being understopped in relation to the percentage of people being described as being the perpetrators of violent crime.”