According to the Times a “wave of violence” washed over the city this weekend with “seven people killed in New York between Friday night and early Saturday.” The majority of the deaths were from gun violence and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly capitalized on the fatal incidents to defend stop-and-frisk and remind people how bad things used to be. In an interview with Daily News fanboy Mike Lupica, he offered a grim historical assessment:

“What do people think the city would be like if we weren’t doing what we’re doing? Ask the people of the New York if they think the city is safer now than it was 10 years ago, or 20 years ago, or 40 years ago.”

While he’s right about crime rates, in that it does indeed change over the decades, the numbers are usually tied to larger socioeconomic trends and not policing. Even the NYPD’s own data shows that stop-and-frisk has done little to curb shootings, but since when have facts got in the way of Ray Kelly’s statements? (Photo: Steven Siegel/Flickr)