Newly-released audio of Mike Bloomberg shows the three-term New York City mayor aggressively defending his police department’s stop and frisk policy.
Perhaps more troubling is the language Bloomberg used to defend the controversial policy that disproportionately affected minority residents. (Townhall)
“Ninety-five percent of murders—murderers and murder victims—fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” he said during a speech to the Aspen Institute. “They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city (inaudible). And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed.”
The solution, he argued, was to put more police in urban neighborhoods where crime is highest.
“So one of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods,” Bloomberg said. “Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them… And then they start… ‘Oh I don’t want to get caught.’ So they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.”
This is horrible as hell!
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) February 11, 2020
Bloomberg asked the Aspen Institute at the time to not distribute video of his appearance.