There’s nothing like success to make enemies. Here we have what may be the most successful Police Department in the world, under one of the best commissioners it’s ever seen, and what are several top candidates for mayor doing? Tripping over themselves in the race to hamstring the department for alleged violations of civil rights that really are no such thing.
The worst at the moment — only because she wields actual power — is City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, until recently the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Quinn is insisting on bringing to the floor a bill to create an inspector general to oversee the NYPD, meanwhile warning Commissioner Ray Kelly that if she were mayor and he didn’t reduce the incidence of stop, question and frisk, she’d fire him. We can’t see a self-respecting man like Kelly even taking the job after such a threat.
As for the bill itself, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. of Astoria wisely tried to keep it from getting out of his Public Safety Committee, but Quinn’s using her power to move it forward.
That’s a mistake. Stop, question and frisk deters criminals from carrying weapons. Minorities are stopped more often mostly because more of them live in high-crime areas. The city saw a record low 418 homicides last year. Those are the facts. Deal.