“What I haven’t heard is any solution to the violence problems in these communities — people are upset about being stopped, yet what is the answer?” Mr. Kelly asked Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who had been asking the commissioner to acknowledge that the department’s practice of street stops in minority communities left many people “feeling under siege.”Dammmmmmn.
“What have you said about how do we stop this violence?” Mr. Kelly asked, asserting that violence among minority youth is “something that the government has an obligation to try to solve.”
Ms. Mark-Viverito, whose district includes East Harlem and part of the South Bronx, was now pressed for an answer.
“There needs to be prevention and deeper community-based tactics and strategy” she offered. “Yeah, what is that?” he asked in a dismissive manner.
Ms. Mark-Viverito spent the next few moments trying to exit the debate over police tactics that she had sought, eventually saying, “I think I’ve made my point.”
To that, Mr. Kelly shot back: “I’m not certain what your point is.”
Of course there is a better solution: smarter stop and frisks, based not on "productivity goals" but on actions of intelligent police officers who have discretion and can distinguish between criminal and non-criminal black man.
But Kelly has a point. It's too easy to criticize the police. It would also help if you actually had some ideas as to how to make police better. And it is the government's obligation to try and solve the problem of violence in minority neighborhoods. It's not that the police are without blame... but don't just blame the police.
Update: Some of the video can be seen here.