- Barack ObamaPresident of the United States
- Jan SchakowskyRepresentative
- California Governor
- Lynne HalbrooksActing Inspector General, Department of Defense
- John CareyInspector General, Defense Intelligence Agency
- Harold W. GeiselActing Inspector General, Department of State
- The Honorable I. Charles McCullough, IIIOffice of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community
- John LewisRepresentative
- Judy ChuRepresentative
- Joe BidenVice President of the United States
- Jim McGovernRepresentative
- Jerry NadlerRepresentative
- Ben CardinSenator
- Debbie StabenowSenator
- Patrick LeahySenator
- Dr. George EllardInspector General, National Security Agency
President Obama: Do NOT appoint NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to the top position (Director) of Homeland Security
Time is ticking & the current chair open --
Soon, America will usher in a new Director of Homeland Security. This Country needs someone we can trust to handle delicate and/or potentially dangerous situations, but we're frightened that our President may appoint a notorious & evasive bully... a veteran official who (already) violates the civil liberties of Americans. His tendencies for secrecy & elusive travel have prompted much suspicion about his dealings with global agencies/leaders; The N.Y. Civil Liberties Union has filed suit & launched an investigation on this subject.
With direct & firm orders from Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the NYPD has been particularly aggressive towards African-American & Latino (mostly youth) civilians… these NYC residents have repeatedly seen their civil rights abused -- the injustice has been both physically AND mentally painful -- The promise of "liberty & pursuit of happiness" is dissipating before their very eyes.
Sadly, racial profiling has been a common procedure among U.S. police departments since the birth of our nation. In the mid-1990's, newly appointed NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani & Police Comm. Bratton created "Stop & Frisk"... it immediately raised a red flag, causing much controversy throughout the city. This program allows officers to conduct investigations on any person they deem suspicious. It's no secret that the current Mayor Bloomberg & Police Comm. Ray Kelly have intensified the policy. Remarkably, the titans make no apologies for raising the flame on an already volatile situation… they insist that the program is working & will not back-off.
Most critics believe that "Stop & Frisk" is unjust... the only thing being committed 'in plain view' are the NYPD's illegal tactics -- Furthermore, civilian onlookers who witness these events are often threatened by officers; they've been forced to stop filming the action, ordered to disperse & have even been arrested on bogus charges.
In the years following 9/11/01, the NYPD received lots of notoriety & praise, often declared the best police dept. on the planet. But do these fans know all of the facts? In the first half of 2011, the NYC police made 362,150 such arrests constituting a 13.5% increase from the same period one year earlier… 84% of the people stopped were either black or latino… and 90% of those stops did NOT result in any arrest or ticket!
Under the current administration, "Stop & Frisk" has been implemented to such an egregious level, people around the world have finally taken notice. As a result, concerned citizens have staged countless demonstrations & marches organized to protest this abuse of power yet the practice continues.
So, yes... we believe RAY KELLY's name is synonomous with crime & local terrorism. But he's on the wrong side -- His role thus far hasn't been one of protecting Americans -- he's done just the opposite. He judges people based on class & race. We cannot tolerate this anymore.... certainly not on a more global level.
- President of the United States
- U.S. House of Representatives
- U.S. Senate
- California State House
- California State Senate
- President of the United States
- California Governor
- Acting Inspector General, Department of Defense
- Inspector General, Defense Intelligence Agency
- Acting Inspector General, Department of State
Harold W. Geisel
- Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community
The Honorable I. Charles McCullough, III
- Vice President of the United States
- Inspector General, National Security Agency
Dr. George Ellard
We, the undersigned implore you to abandon all interest in appointing Raymond Kelly to the top position (Director) of Homeland Security. He has shown an abuse of power as Commissioner of the NYPD & displays far too much secrecy in both his professional & personal life. He refuses to release information to the public, while these records are typically made public by all other city & state officials.
NYPD's infamous "Stop & Frisk" policy has become out of control under his watch… Ray Kelly has systematically created an environment of intimidation in the police department; our civil servants are pressured to meet a quota of arrests with special attention to "Code 250" ('Stop & Frisk' procedure)… If this quota isn't reached, the NYPD "brass" threaten, harass, haze & often demote their officers for not reaching the almost unattainable goals. There have been reports of policemen being placed in "life-or-death" situations as a result of their failure to comply with quota demands.
The # of confrontations has far exceeded the # of legitimate arrests.
The # of wrongful arrests are frightful :
84% of the civilians stopped were either black or latino
90% of those stops did NOT result in any arrest or ticket.
According to NYPD statistics from 2002 through 2012, an average of one in eight people stopped were accused of a crime.
Ray Kelly & Mike Bloomberg are the only ones to blame for this unacceptable behavior -- We can't imagine that you've overlooked these misdeeds when examining Kelly's tenure as "top cop"? How could you even consider choosing him for such an important position in your cabinet?
Please Sir, we insist that you'll change your mind.
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