NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is a potential candidate for the Director of Homeland Security but some groups in the city oppose the idea.
On Sunday, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement, the National Latino Officers Association and the Grand Council of Guardians spoke out against the possible appointment in front of One Police Plaza.
The organizations called on President Obama to reject Kelly’s possible nomination saying his crime fighting strategies have been racially biased. They also said the controversial “Stop and Frisk” program has reached new levels.
“We need someone who has law enforcement experience but also is sensitive to the civil liberties of individuals and protects the rights of communities – and we can’t allow him to take legalizing racial profiling to a national level,” said Anthony Miranda, Chairman of the National Latino Officers Association.
However, many other officials in the city support Kelly.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) was the one to initially suggest Kelly as the successor to Janet Napolitano for the position. Congressman Peter King (R-NY) and former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has also called for Kelly to get the position.