Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg said in a 2015 speech to the Aspen Institute that he deployed "all the cops in minority neighborhoods" because that’s where "all the crime" is, while defending his controversial "stop-and-frisk" policy. Podcaster Benjamin Dixon uncovered the audio, which Bloomberg had asked the Aspen Institute not to make public.
"Ninety-five percent 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," the former mayor said. "They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. 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 people that are getting killed."
"You want to spend the money, put a lot of cops on the streets, put those cops where the crime is, which means minority neighborhoods."
"One of the unintended consequences is people say, 'Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities,'" he continued. "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."
President Trump latched onto the comments Tuesday morning, writing, "WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!" in a since-deleted tweet.
"President Trump’s deleted tweet is the latest example of his endless efforts to divide Americans. I inherited the police practice of stop-and-frisk, and as part of our effort to stop gun violence it was overused," Bloomberg said in a statement released by his presidential campaign. "By the time I left office, I cut it back by 95%, but I should've done it faster and sooner. I regret that and I have apologized — and I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on Black and Latino communities."
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