On October 29th, Ray Kelly was scheduled to deliver a public lecture at Brown University. Student protestors — upset over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, wiretapping of Muslim communities, and other perceived abuses of power — shouted down the NYPD commissioner. The event was cancelled and Kelly was ushered out of the auditorium without having the opportunity to read his speech.
Now, for the first time since that incident, a full transcript of his prepared remarks has emerged.
Video from the protests:
A copy of the never-delivered speech was obtained by the Brown Political Review and they have published it on their site. In it, Ray Kelly vigorously defends the NYPD’s policing policies — the whole thing essentially reads like a stump speech.
“The common law practice of police stopping individuals to make inquiry of suspicious behavior is as old as policing itself.”
“The New York City police department does not engage in racial profiling.”
“Some have asserted that the NYPD has been insensitive to constitutional rights in protecting the city against another terrorist attack. They are wrong. The police department’s investigations are based on leads and other information about possible criminal conduct. They are never determined by a subject’s religion, ethnic background, or political opinion.”
And so on and so on and so on. Read the full transcript over at the Brown Political Review‘s website.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 27, 2013