Mike Bloomberg on Why He Ordered Cops to Target Minorities as NYC Mayor: They Commit All The Crimes!
Audio has emerged of former New York City Mayor and Democrat Party presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg admitting that he used racial profiling when ordering police to enforce controversial stop-and-frisk policies.
Bloomberg has come under fire for his aggressive use of the policy to get weapons and drugs off of the streets of New York City. Stop-and-frisk involved police warrantlessly detaining a suspect and patting him down in an attempt to find contraband based upon the suspicion of a law enforcement officer. Critics call this an invasive violation of privacy rights.
Despite the criticism from liberals and criminal justice policy reformers, Bloomberg has stood steadfastly behind his use of the policy.
“I think people, the voters, want low crime,” Bloomberg said to the New York Times after they asked him about stop-and-frisk. “They don’t want kids to kill each other.”
“New York City had 650 murders a year when I came into office, and the toll fell heaviest on black and Hispanic young men,” Bloomberg said. “We were determined to do everything possible to stop gun violence, both by taking guns off the street and by taking on the NRA — when few other elected officials were willing to do that.”
However, Bloomberg’s position is going to be much harder to defend now that leaked audio has emerged of the former mayor candidly discussing how he essentially ordered race-based discrimination due to his belief that minorities commit the vast majority of crime.
“95% of your murders – murderers and murder victims – fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it to all the cops,” Bloomberg explained in the candid audio. “They are male, minorities, sixteen to twenty-five.”
“That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city, and that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people who are being killed. You want to spend the money on a lot of cops on the streets. Put those cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods,” he added.
Bloomberg essentially admitted that all of the left-wing criticisms of his policy were correct, but defended hassling minorities because of his belief that they are the ones responsible for crimes.
“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 the minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is,” Bloomberg explained.
“And the ways you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them against the wall and frisk them. And then they start, they say ‘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,” he concluded.
Bloomberg’s racially-insensitive rant can be heard here:
In an age when the Democrat Party wants leniency for criminals and condemns racism wherever they can find it, Bloomberg’s rant is not likely to help his chances to buy the Democrat nomination for the presidency.