Memphis Petition Protests Hiring of NYC’s Raymond Kelly

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Ray Kelly. Photo by Red Carlisle via Flickr

Controversy over the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission’s hiring of former New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly continues as a petitition is being circulated demanding that the group sever its ties with him, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Community activist Tami Sawyer said she created the petition to respond to what she believes is a “troublesome hire.” By yesterday afternoon, the petition had 220 signatures.

The commission hired Kelly and his consulting firm K2 Intelligence in July. During his tenure in New York, Kelly used data-driven policing and the broken windows concept, in which officers targeted small crimes. It was his use of use of the stop-and-frisk method, which gives officers authority to stop people they consider suspicious and frisk them for weapons or contraband, that drew the most controversy during his time as commissioner. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings says the department is not considering the use of stop and frisk. The commission says it will continue to discuss best practices with Kelly and other experts.

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