New York City Police Chief Ray Kelly may run one of the most blatantly racist and unconstitutional law enforcement programs in the country, but he wants you to know that black people, especially the young black men targeted by the Stop and Frisk program, they love him. Love him.
In a Playboy interview released Friday, Kelly defended the practice vehemently and insisted that people of color are actually very pleased with stop-and-frisk.
When Glenn Plaskin of Playboy pointed out to Kelly that most New Yorkers believe stop-and-frisk is excessive, the police commissioner argued that minority communities actually want stop-and-frisk. “What you have is government by advocacy group,” Kelly said. “Among the people, there’s no groundswell against stop-and-frisk—certainly not in minority communities. I’m there all the time. They want more proactive policing.”
Plaskin tried again, asking, “Can you understand how some young men of color who have been stopped for no reason may hate your guts?”
Kelly, who was booed offstage recently at Brown University, claimed that young men of color actually love him and come up to him all the time to take pictures with him. “You might read something snarky on Twitter, but I could take you right now to 125th Street in Harlem and young men will stop me for my picture and give me a very favorable and friendly greeting,” he said. “They understand that we’re saving lives in their community, that they’re the ones at risk.”
Ray Kelly: Friend to black people. I bet he lets them use his bathroom and everything. Black people love him just like Alec Baldwin’s gay hairdresses loves him because he leaves a big tip.