New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly continued to defend his department’s “stop-and-frisk” program in an interview with a teen radio show, urging people to accept the practice as “a fact of urban life.”
“The best thing for a person to do when being stopped is cooperate,” Kelly said. “Accept it as a fact of urban life. It overall is helping to keep New York City safe.”
Kelly also cited stop-and-frisk as a factor in the city’s crime rate dropping by 80 percent over the past 20 years. However, past reports have shown that it did prevent a rise in the number of shootings in town between 2009 and 2011.
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