Audio has been brought back up from 2015 in which Michael Bloomberg is defending his policy of ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ at a speech at the Aspen Institute in 2015. According to the Aspen Times, Bloomberg had blocked the release of the video from that event back in 2015.
The audio was released on The Benjamin Dixon Show on Monday. In a one minute video, Bloomberg can be heard saying “95% of your murders, murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. 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 that are getting killed. You want to spend the money on a lot of cops in the street. Put the cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods. 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. 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 walls 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.” Below you can see the tweet from Benjamin Dixon:
Audio of @MikeBloomberg’s 2015 @AspenInstitute speech where he explains that “you can just Xerox (copy)” the description of male, minorities 16-25 and hand to cops.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 10, 2020
Bloomberg had video of speech blocked.
Perhaps because of the problematic explanation he gives for #StopAndFrisk pic.twitter.com/Fm0YCi4ZRy
Back in November of 2019, Bloomberg apologized for ‘Stop and Frisk’ at a Brooklyn church saying, “I got something important really wrong. I didn’t understand back then the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities. I was totally focused on saving lives but as we know, good intentions aren’t good enough.”
The Federalist’s David Marcus did a critical review of Bloomberg’s apology saying:
“If you look closely at this statement you can see what makes it nonsensical. He was focused on saving lives, God forbid. In 2002 Michael Bloomberg inherited from Rudy Giuliani the most effective police force to ever exist. When Rudy and his police commissioner William Bratton took over in 1994 there were over 2000 homicides in New York. By the time he left that number was more than cut in half.
Those numbers were the result of a revolution in crime fighting known as proactive policing. Central to this success was CompStat, a computerized system that allowed the NYPD to pinpoint where resources were needed to fight violent crime. In most cases, those resources were needed in black and Latino communities where murder rates were vastly higher than in other neighborhoods.
In 2002, when Bloomberg took over as mayor he brought on Ray Kelly to lead the NYPD. A tough-as-nails beat cop and the first person ever to rise from police cadet to police commissioner, Kelly’s tenure lasted until 2013 when the murder rate was almost cut in half again. His signature policy, which intended to and succeeded in keeping illegal guns off the street, was Stop, Question, and Frisk…
Bloomberg’s change of heart is not the result of any new information, its pure politics, plain and simple. And it is an insult to a police force that more than anything else, transformed the world’s greatest city and saved thousands of lives in the process.”
Today is New Hampshire primary. Currently, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is leading in the most recent polls from New Hampshire. Bernie has also been climbing in the national poll according to Real Clear Politics as well, while Joe Biden has taken a significant drop since Iowa, barely holding the front runner position. Bloomberg has also been climbing in the national polls, using an unusual campaign style, by not chasing delegates in every state.
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