GAPIMNY joins civil rights, racial justice, and Muslim organizations in letter to NY Governer Andrew Cuomo to reconsider the appointment of former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to the NY state counterterrorism advisory council.
“Commissioner Kelly’s track-record of conceiving, overseeing and subsequently defending racial and religious profiling programs makes this designation a slap in the face to millions of New Yorkers whom your office intends to protect. The communities we work with and represent have, over the years, successfully challenged Kelly’s flawed and harmful policies in the legislature and in the courts. His nomination is a step backwards: it communicates your office’s endorsement of racial and religious profiling.
Two of his signature initiatives as Police commissioner – the aggressive, race-based stop and frisk practice, and the Muslim suspicionless surveillance program, were harmful to millions of New Yorkers despite having failed to make any New Yorkers safer and demonstrate his unfitness for this position.”