NYC Police Commissioner: Our Stop-and-Frisk Law Saved 7,363 Minority Lives

By Barbara Hollingsworth | August 19, 2013 | 2:23 PM EDT

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly

( -- New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says that not only was his department's stop-and-frisk policy not racist, it actually saved the lives of more than 7,000 of the city’s minority residents over the last 11 years.

Last week, Manhattan U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the city must reform its aggressive policing policy because it amounted to racial profiling.

Appearing on CBS’ ‘Fact the Nation” show Sunday, Kelly told host Bob Schieffer that the beneficiaries of stop-and-frisk were overwhelmingly members of minority groups, and that the judge’s ruling actually makes them more likely to be homicide victims in the future.

“The losers in this, if this case is allowed to stand, are people who live in minority communities. Ninety-seven percent of the shooting victims in New York City last year were people of color--black or Latino. In the Bloomberg administration years, we’ll say the 11 full years of Mayor Bloomberg's term--if you compare those 11 years to the previous 11 years, there's been 7, 363 less murders, fewer murders. So if history is any guide, clearly, those lives saved are largely the lives of people of color.”

Noting that his minority-majority department is “the most diverse police department in the United States,” with officers born in 88 countries, Kelly called the judge's decision “fundamentally flawed.”

“The judge in this case has indicted the entire police department, almost 36,000 police officers, for racial profiling based on what we believe is very flimsy information, flimsy evidence.” Kelly told Schieffer.

“The plaintiff's expert looked at 4.4 million stops and out of that number of stops over a 10-year period, the expert working for the plaintiff found six percent to be unjustified. The judge in the case looked at 19 stops and they could have been any stops that the plaintiff chose. She found that 10 of the 19 stops were constitutionally acceptable. So we believe that the formula that was used which uses census data is fundamentally flawed,” he added.

The city filed a notice of appeal Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.