State Senator Testifies NYPD Commissioner Told Him Police Goal Was To “Instill Fear” In Minorities

Is one purpose of the NYPD’s controversial and wide-ranging “Stop and Frisk” policy to instill entire communities with the feeling of a military occupation? Via Gothamist:

A federal trial challenging the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk is currently underway in federal court in Manhattan, and today a State Senator testified that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly once admitted to him that stop-and-frisk targeted blacks and Hispanics—and that the policy was intended to “instill fear.”

State Sen. Eric Adams, a Brooklyn Democrat who is also a former police captain, testified that during a meeting with Kelly in 2010, he complained to the commissioner that stop-and-frisk disproportionally impacted blacks and Hispanics. Adams says Kelly responded 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.” Adams testified that he told Kelly that was illegal.

6 Comments on "State Senator Testifies NYPD Commissioner Told Him Police Goal Was To “Instill Fear” In Minorities"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Apr 4, 2013 at 11:45 am |

    It’s always refreshing when the Powers That Be drop all pretense.

  2. Instilling fear has been the tactic of these bullies for a long time. Everything they’re doing w/ surveillance, drone capabilities, war and all that is done to instill fear.
    Neither fear the flesh nor love it and you’ll come out a conqueror.

  3. I’m shocked, shocked.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Apr 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm |


  5. nathan willard | Apr 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm |

    If it is to instill fear then show no fear, be not afraid, there is nor never have been anything to be afraid of except for fear itself.

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