Ray Kelly at Sharpton’s House

On Saturday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly spoke at a weekly meeting of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on 145th Street in Harlem. For Kelly, who is rumored to be considering a mayoral run, it was a polite enough reception from an audience not always warmly disposed towards the police.

In this clip, Kelly defends the police from the notion that they stop and question a disproportionate number of African-Americans (about 55 percent). He says it is not proportionate when compared to the city’s black population, but is appropriate for the number of suspects that witnesses and victims of crime describe as African-American.