New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly warned Sunday that unless the recent court ruling striking down his “Stop and Frisk” policy is overturned, the city will become more dangerous.
“I think there is no question about it, the violent crime will go up,” Kelly aid on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The city is appealing the federal court ruling that Stop and Frisk violates minority rights.
“This case has to be appealed in my judgment because it will be taken as a template and have significant impact in policing throughout America,” said Kelly, who is considered a top candidate to take over at the Department of Homeland Security.
Kelly is fighting to maintain the Stop and Frisk program against the protests of civil rights groups and the New York Civil Liberties Union, who say it targets innocent people, most of them minorities.
Kelly, however, said Stop and Frisk is “integral to policing,” and that people targeted by the program reflect the profile of those who commit the majority of crimes.
“We think they are reasonable criteria,” Kelly said.
The NYCLU determined that of all of those stopped by police last year 55 percent were black, 32 percent were Hispanic and 10 percent were white.
But NAACP President Ben Jealous, who also appeared on "Meet the Press," said the fall in the city’s murder rate happened prior to 2002, when police started increasing the use of Stop and Frisk , and that the police department has gone overboard in stoping black men in neighborhoods where crime rates are high.
“Just because there are more murders in our communities, doesn’t mean that you can treat all of us like we are guilty,” Jealous said.
He said Kelly’s stance on the Stop and Frisk program should raise doubts over whether President Obama should tap him for a cabinet position.
“We just heard from a man who aspires to be the head of Homeland Security, who says his office has to violate the U.S. Constitution to make us safer,” Jealous said. “That should send chills down the spines of everyone in America.”