Kenney Addresses Philly’s Stop-and-Frisk Issue

PPCWEED01C-600Philadelphia has become a focal point in the national controversy over stop-and-frisk policing.

Josh Saul of Newsweek tackled the issue and interviewed Philly Mayor Jim Kenney.

Kenney has faced recent criticism over his campaign promise to stop the police tactic. He also objects to the term “stop-and-frisk”, telling Saul he prefers the phrase “constitutional pedestrian stops”.

Despite an ACLU report criticizing the pace of change, the Mayor asserts that things have improved since he took office in January. In fact, Saul found that there has been a ten percent drop in stops so far compared to last year.

According to Kenney, though, Philadelphia must overcome its history of conflict between police and civilians.

“There was stuff that the police did during the Rizzo years—the cops were in charge,” he stated. “You did what you were told, and if you didn’t do it fast enough, you got your head split open. That’s what we’re dealing with now, the residual of that history…and it’s hard to correct it in four months.”

11 Responses

  1. Don’t forget his “Big Booty Latina” twitter feed. He’s too busy checking those pictures out to weigh in on the harassing of minorities in Philadelphia.

  2. And demoting top deputies who suggest the office not employ racists and misogynists as prosecutors.

  3. Why hasn’t the African American D.A. chimed in on this “stop-and-frisk” issue. Isn’t Seth Williams supposed to be the top law enforcement officer in the City? Where is his voice on all this?

  4. Unlike that blowhard in New York, Kenney wants Philadelphia to continue improving.

  5. No difference in unconstitutionality just because you give it a new name using doublespeak.

  6. I was OK when he was campaigning. Now he wants me to change my name. Well – I am not going to do it!!!

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