Harlem Residents Dispute Claim of NYPD’s Kelly That They Like Him


New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, in an interview with Playboy, defended his relationship with the black community despite complaints about the police department’s stop-and-frisk tactic. “I could take you right now up to 125th St. in Harlem and young men will stop me for my picture and give me a very favorable and friendly greeting,” Kelly said.

The New York Daily News tested the claim by taking a Kelly cutout to Harlem, where the reception was less than rosy. “Ray Kelly is part of a racist, white supremacist system,” snapped Gerry Louis, 41, a book vendor. “Stop-and-frisk doesn't make us safer. He continues to criminalize our community.” A majority of African-American men spying the life-sized Kelly cutout — sporting a light blue suit, a red power tie and a stern look — vented displeasure. “If he came to Harlem, I wouldn't pay him no mind,” said Manuel Lopez, 46. “He hasn't done anything for us. You still have to cover your own back.”

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