Bloomberg lashes out at stop-and-frisk judge in response to ruling

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly respond to the federal court ruling declaring stop-and-frisk unconstitutional. Credit: Bess Adler
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly respond to the federal court ruling declaring stop-and-frisk unconstitutional. Credit: Bess Adler

Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed the presiding judge on the stop-and-frisk trial as he responded to the ruling handed down earlier today.

The city has long balked at Judge Shira Scheindlin’s involvement in the case: a leaked city memo earlier this year claimed a majority of her decisions indicate a bias against law enforcement.

“Given the judge’s public comments and media interviews throughout the case, this decision was certainly not a surprise,” the mayor said.

Bloomberg recalled Scheindlin offering “strategic advice” to his opposition “even before the start of the case.”

That accusation refers to an issue with a court policy known as the “related-case rule” which dictates that cases filed as “related” to earlier cases will go to the same judge that presided over the earlier related cases. This is why Scheindlin has presided over so many stop-and-frisk cases in her career.

“Throughout the case, we didn’t believe that we were getting a fair trial,” Bloomberg said. “This decision confirms that suspicion.”

Bloomberg vowed the city will appeal the judge’s ruling and said when they do, city lawyers will present evidence of the judge’s “unfairness” to the Court of Appeals.

For his part, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly found the decision’s allegations of racial profiling by the NYPD “disturbing and offensive” and called the accusation “recklessly untrue.”

“We do not engage in racial profiling,” Kelly said firmly. “It is prohibited by law, it is prohibited by our own regulations.”

Kelly insisted that officers are taught reasonable suspicion is needed to justify a stop.

“I can assure you that race is never a reason to conduct a stop,” Kelly said.

Kelly stuck largely to statistics attested that the department acts first and foremost in the interest of the poorest New Yorkers: last year, he said, 97 percent of all shooting victims were black or Hispanic and living in low-income neighborhoods.

The NYPD has confiscated “about 8,000 guns” over the last decade using stop-and-frisk, Kelly said, but his critics “sneer” at the figure “because the number is ‘too low’ compared to the number of stops.”

In 2011 alone, 685,724 stops were recorded, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights.

While the mayor attacked the various components of judge’s ruling, arguing that a court-appointed monitor will weaken or endanger the police force, Kelly appeared unbothered by the prospect of a monitor.

“The appointment of a monitor, while unnecessary in this most monitored police department already, I believe will only document what we have known all along,” Kelly said. “That the New York City Police Department saves lives and that it trains its officers to do so lawfully and with full respect of the Constitution that serves and protects us all.”

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…

Local

G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.

International

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

Local

Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

Where to go drinking on National Tequila Day…

Thursday is just close enough to the end of the week to make you envision yourself already sunning on a beach towel or lounging by…

Going Out

Things to do in NYC this week: July…

Performing arts A 70’s Summer Night Friday, 6:30 p.m. The Green Building 452 Union St., Gowanus $35, 347-529-6473 Party like it’s summer in the 1970s…

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

MLB

Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.

Sports

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

Food

Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…

Education

Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…

Career

How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…

Style

The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…