Ray Kelly was known to support and condone harsh police tactics during his tenure as commissioner of the New York Police Department. Under his watch, the NYPD violently clashed with protestors at the 2004 RNC convention, dismantled Occupy Wall Street, shot and killed several unarmed black men including Sean Bell, and ratcheted up stop-and-frisk. But even he thinks that police have gone too far in Ferguson.
The toothpaste is out of the tube here,” Kelly told Bloomberg News, which interviewed several high-profile police commissioners about the way law enforcement has handled the unrest following Michael Brown’s death. “There’s lots of things that should have been done differently, and you have to live with them.”
Kelly said that it is “mind-boggling” that 50 of Ferguson’s 53 police officers are white, while the area’s population is 70 percent black, and criticized police for closely guarding relevant information, rather than releasing it to the public: “[Information] certainly has the potential for quelling or lessening disturbances. You tell them what you know and tell them what you don’t know, rather than dribbling it out.
Yeah, it’s that bad.