Saying Trust Is Essential, Kelly Defends Stop And Frisk

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly once again defended stop and frisk on Wednesday, trying to reassure the largely African American audience at the National Action Network’s convention in midtown that the NYPD is invested in bettering community relationships.

“We must preserve the trust and support of the communities we serve and conduct stops with courtesy and professionalism,” Kelly said, adding that the city would be “less safe” if stops were limited.

Some audience members jeered when Kelly said the 530,000 stops last year amounted to fewer than one per officer, per week.

Reverend Al Sharpton, president of NAN, told Kelly he is opposed to stop and frisk because he believes it targets minorities: “You and I will continue having that debate," Sharpton said.