In an online debate in The New York Times, CUNY Law’s Diala Shamas responds to an op-ed piece which looks at why President Obama should name New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the next Homeland Security Director. “Appointing Ray Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security would send a troubling message to American Muslims and others who have watched him erode their rights and ignore their voices in New York City,” writes Shamas. “Placing Kelly at the helm of D.H.S., with his demonstrated penchant for profiling and nonresponsiveness to these concerns, would be a federal endorsement of policies that are illegal, ineffective and, most important, deeply harmful.”
Shamas is a Liman Fellow and staff attorney at CUNY Law’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project. She is a co-author of the recently released report Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims.