New York City Police Commission Ray Kelly chided community leaders during an event in Harlem on Tuesday for not being more vocal about the rise in violence in Black communities over the past week, the New York Daily News reports.

“Many of them will speak out about stop-and-frisk” but are “shockingly silent when it comes to the level of violence right in their own communities,” he said.

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Seventy-seven people were shot in New York City last week during the heat wave. One of the victims was a three-year-old Brooklyn boy who was grazed by a bullet while playing in a water sprinkler. Kelly, who says “stop-and-frisk” saves lives, told a gathering of community leaders that they and their communities have been mum on his shooting.

“We have not had a demonstration about this 3-year-old child,” Kelly told reporters at an event in Harlem. “We’ve had demonstrations about virtually every other issue in this city, except the level of violence.”

As you would expect, his comments were met with swift, sharp reactions. Here is what one New York City Councilman had to say:

“I am outraged at the presumptuous and patently false comments of Commissioner Kelly, which directly insult communities like mine, which are grieving for our lost and trying to save our young people every day,” said City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn).

Williams said he has been “anything but silent” about the toll of gun violence.

“Unfortunately, the mayor and the commissioner have been deaf,” Williams said.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was equally miffed:

“Clearly, we stand with him against violence, but we disagree with him on stop-and-frisk,” Sharpton said.

State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), a former cop, says that Kelly’s remarks reveal his ignorance about the communities he is unfairly ridiculing:

“The mere fact he made that comment shows his disconnect,” Adams said.

“What he’s failing to realize is the good kids who want to go to the local police officer and tell him — ‘this guy is carrying a gun’ — they’re afraid to do so because the day before, he was stopped unjustly by the police officer.”

Who is right? Ray Kelly or the community leaders? Or does each side have legitimate points? Given the 90 percent of the men who are stop and frisked are neither arrested or given a summons, do you think that the NYPD is working backwards in its crime-fighting efforts?
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