Michael Bloomberg Makes Racist Faux Pas
Michael Bloomberg made a statement in 2015, and it seems to have finally caught up with him. Why? Because it sounded seemed blatantly racist. But was his speech accurate? John Lott says it was riddled with inaccuracies.
Speaking before the Aspen Institute in 2015, Bloomberg touted his “Stop and Frisk” rule for New York Police. It was a policy created by the Bloomberg administration that caused police officers to stop pedestrians based on racial profiling rather than actual probable cause. Back in 2013, a Federal Judge ruled that the policy was unconstitutional. But in 2015, Bloomberg defended it.
“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…Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Why did we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. The way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them.” Michael Bloomberg, 2015 to Aspen Institute
Bloomberg had video of speech blocked.
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 10, 2020
He had the video of his speech removed according to the Aspen Times, but wasn’t able to stop the audio. Back then the media angled it toward drug arrests – now it appears to be an issue of blacks and Hispanics being targeted. The NYPD reportedly ditched the practice a while back.
“Ending New York’s Stop-and-Frisk Did Not Increase Crime. New York City police ended their stop-and-frisk policy two years ago. Dire predictions about increased crime were wrong. Despite what many may claim, the United States is not in the midst of a nationwide crime wave.” Brennan Center, April 2016
Bloomberg has been hot to remove all guns from everyone, but saying this in such a seemingly racist tone is a bit much. And it wasn’t even accurate. John Lott, in a Fox report, stated this:
“It is amazing that someone who oversaw law enforcement in New York City could really believe that virtually all murderers are young minorities. By tying this in with Stop and Frisk in the same answer, Bloomberg created racist overtones to that enforcement method. The most recent data at the time his comments were made from the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Reports aren’t at all in line with Bloomberg’s 95 percent figure.
According to the FBI data, among murderers whose race we knew, almost 44 percent of murderers were white. Unfortunately, the FBI doesn’t break down the Hispanic murderers by race, but even if we assume all Hispanic murderers were white, about 23 percent of murderers were non-Hispanic whites. We don’t know the race of all murderers, but even if one assumes that all murderers whose race isn’t identified are minorities, about 31 percent of murderers were white.
If you were to xerox the description that Bloomberg gives, you are going to be falsely identifying a lot of minorities as criminals.
Bloomberg is no more accurate when it comes to the ages of murderers. It is true that young people were responsible for a disproportionate share of these crimes, but the numbers were nowhere close to what Bloomberg claims. Just over 28 percent of murderers were between 13 and 25 years of age. About 35 percent of 13 to 25-years-old murderers were white.”
So let’s just say, “Lil Mikey” Bloomberg has tried to apologize for his remarks, but they will follow him through the primary season. The NYPD had quotas, the Mayor had agendas. One police officer had to file suit (2016, NY Daily News) against the NYPD because he was punished for not stopping more black and Hispanic people under the Stop and Frisk mandate.
The “Gee, I’m sorry” rings hollow… like most Democrat apologies.
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