NYPD's Kelly Tried to 'Instill Fear' in Minorities: Ex-Cop
State senator Eric Adams testifies over stop-and-frisk laws
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2013 4:46 PM CDT
New York State Sen. Eric Adams, center, speaks during a news conference in New York, Friday, June 5, 2009.   (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – As controversy continues over New York City's stop-and-frisk law, a state senator—and former cop—has testified in federal court that the police commissioner aimed to "instill fear" in the black and Hispanic communities. State Sen. Eric Adams, a police officer for 22 years, said that during a 2010 meeting, police commissioner Raymond Kelly "stated that he targeted ... that group because he wanted to instill fear in them that every time that they left their homes they could be targeted by police," the Guardian reports. The court case has been brought by plaintiffs trying to end the stop-and-frisk practice.

Adams said he "told (Kelly) that was illegal," prompting the commissioner to ask, "How else are we going to get rid of guns?" Adams said, per the New York Post. He was particularly surprised given that the meeting included three black elected officials, he said. An attorney for the city denied the claims, saying no one "in their right mind" would believe police were "targeting, just for targeting, blacks and Hispanics." She also said that a 2011 affidavit cited the phrase "instill the belief," not "instill fear." For his part, Kelly has "categorically and totally" denied the "ludicrous" claim.

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Apr 3, 2013 6:04 PM CDT
oh heck yea I believe it
Apr 3, 2013 7:21 AM CDT
It's really incredible that the greatest most modern city in the world is run by racists the way that it is. They need to fire every single officer in the NYPD. If this is the first that we hear about this, every single officer is guilty of keeping it quiet, because every single officer knew about this, meaning that they are all racists.
Apr 3, 2013 2:25 AM CDT
Right off the bat I'll say that I believe the Stop-and-frisk law to be un-Constitutional. However while I totally disagree with the law. I think people arguing about, and being upset about, it being aimed at the Black and Hispanic communities is pure foolishness. The law is supposed to be aimed at limiting gun violence. Where does the majority of gun violence take place in New York City? In the Black and Hispanic communities. So while it would be more politically correct for the police to be working the stop-and-frisk much more in the Jewish/Polish/Italian/etc. neighborhoods it wouldn't make much sense.