Shootings in New York City fell by 24% while murders dropped by 30% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period of time in 2012. According to NYPD data, the largest percentage of the 212 shootings occurred in East Flatbush (13), Brownsville (13), and Bed-Stuy (12). By April 1 of 2012, the city had experienced 94 murders, compared with 66 this year, mimicking last year's 33% decrease.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly didn't mention the dip in crime during his speech to the audience at the National Action Network conference this morning. Instead Kelly defended the department's "proactive policy of engagement" with regard to "pat-downs," never mentioning the phrase "stop-and-frisk."

Kelly also recounting sobering statistics with regard to the disproportionate rate at which black and Hispanic residents are murdered:

A 2011 report from the City Department of Health showed that residents of the overwhelmingly African-American neighborhood of Brownsville in Brooklyn were nearly 30 times more likely to be murdered than their counterparts in Manhattan’s overwhelmingly white Murray Hill section.  Bedford Stuyvesant’s murder rate of 23 people per 100,000 compared to a rate of 0.8 in Bay Ridge.  Minorities in the Mott Haven, Morrisania and Hunts Point sections of the Bronx had homicide rates of 18, 17 and 15 people per 100,000 respectively, compared to one in Borough Park and midtown Manhattan.

African-Americans, who represent 25% of the city’s population, made up 64% of the murder victims and 71% of the shooting victims last year. African-American men between the ages of 16 and 37, who are just 4% of the city’s population, comprised 40% of those murdered citywide; 82% of these young men were killed with a firearm.

Azi Paybarah reports that "Some members in the audience could be heard expressing shock at the statistics," and added that the Reverend Al Sharpton joked about stop-and-frisk to Kelly's face: