NYPD's Kelly: 'No Question' More Will Die Sans 'Stop, Frisk'

Meanwhile, Trayvon lawyer calls policy 'slippery slope'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 18, 2013 1:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ray Kelly isn't soft-pedaling the effects if the NYPD's "stop and frisk" policy ends: "No question about it, violent crime will go up," he said today when asked if more people would die without it, Politico reports. "The stark reality is that violence is happening disproportionately in minority communities," he said, adding that "officers have to have the right of inquiry if they see some suspicious behavior." Benjamin Crump, the lawyer for Trayvon Martin's family, called the policy "a slippery slope. No matter what you want to call it, essentially it's racial profiling. And we know Trayvon Martin was profiled for something that night on February 26, 2012. And he had broken no laws." Kelly said Trayvon's case is "a little bit different. These are two civilians. It clearly was a tragedy, but it didn't involve sworn police officers." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

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  • Lyndsey Graham on Egypt: "We're gonna have a failed state in Egypt, and we're gonna have to suspend our aid because we can't support the reaction of the military. Even though the Brotherhood overplaying their hand started this, we can't support what the military is doing in response."
  • Reince Priebus rebuts criticism from Eric Fehrnstrom over debate brouhaha: "I don't know if his Etch-a-Sketch is on tilt. I'm not really taking advice from Eric Fehrnstrom right now. I'm trying to build a party that's year-round. I'm trying to fix a dated digital operation, I'm trying to get a hold of a primary process and a debate debacle"
  • Rand Paul on his fight with Chris Christie: "The party's big enough for both of us. This all started with him saying, 'We don't have enough room for libertarian Republicans.' The thing is, that's how we grow our party. There's room for people who believe in bigger government in our party. Some of the things that he seems to have promoted makes us believe that, well, he seems to think there's a lot more spending that could be going on."

This April 26, 2013 file photo shows New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
This April 26, 2013 file photo shows New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File)
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