Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have kept the city safe from criminals and terrorists. Now they have to fight a third front: career-minded mayoral candidates and headline-grabbing judges who are undermining the NYPD's aggressive tactics.
As great as these changes to the patrol guide are, they will not stop the false arrests in suspicion of prostitution or racial profiling. They will not stop the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy.
With its disastrous fallout and questionable payoff, it is time to abolish this divisive and ill-conceived tactic. Stop-and-frisk is racially biased, ineffective, and has created considerable costs for the city.
This is one of the few high profile cases across the country in which the johns as well as the traffickers have been indicted, and I applaud the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., for his leadership.
They tattooed these street names on the women they exploited. One woman had a crown with a dollar sign tattooed above her pubic bone. Another had "King Koby" and a barcode permanently inked on her neck.
I've been asked to explain why the NYPD vigorously pursues a potentially dangerous and controversial "stop, question and frisk" policy in New York City -- the safest large city in America. The answer is simple -- because it works.
In the wake of a high-profile incident of violence, people approach me with the same question: what does the NYC Anti-Violence Project (AVP) do to end violence? We now ask you: what will you do to end violence?
Comparing decades is so pointless, let's leave it at this: like every other artificially bracketed era in New York history, the Eighties were fine. Just fine.
Another NYPD Counter-Terrorism Commissioner is leaving, the third since Police Commissioner Ray Kelly created the job in 2002. The latest departs to the usual chorus of hosannas from city officials.