Crime in New York City’s public schools has dropped by one third since the police department began patrolling the hallways, reports the New York Daily News. It’s a clear sign that the police are doing something right, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says. “Frustrated, perhaps, by an era of post-9/11 goodwill toward the police, some of the usual critics have come back with a vengeance recently to smear the NYPD with unfounded charges of racism and unconstitutional overreaching in keeping New York City safe,” Kelly wrote in the newspaper.
He dismissed a report by the New York Civil Liberties Union – “Criminalizing the Classroom” – as “uncorroborated” student complaints. Kelly says the group solicited the accounts by offering a $1,000 prize for student essays. NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman responded: “Rather than respond to the serious and well-documented concerns raised in the report, the NYPD chose to attack the NYCLU. Not a single story in that report was, as Kelly suggested, paid for. It is a pattern of over-policing and treating students as criminals.”