New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a talking contradiction after trying to set the record straight about minorities being the victims of more "stop and frisk" incidents than Whites. A day after the City Council passed two bills aiming to lessen the reach of stop and frisk, Bloomberg slammed the reports on his weekly radio show.
“One newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, ‘Oh, it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be. But it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murders,” Bloomberg said, as reported by the New York Daily News.
The mayor went on to slam the percentage. “In that case, incidentally, I think, we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course, or a logic course.”
But according to his own office, Bloomberg's math doesn’t add up as statistics released from 2012 showed that 87% of the people questioned during stop-and-frisk incidents were Black or Latino with only 9% of those questioned being White. In addition, over 90% of those identified as murder suspects were Blacks or Latino; a mere 7% were White.
Still, Bloomberg clutched to his numbers when he responded to his critics Sunday (June 30) during Pride weekend. "The numbers are the numbers, and the numbers clearly show that the stops are generally proportionate with suspects' descriptions and for years now, critics have been trying to argue that minorities are stopped disproportionately. If you look at the crime numbers, that is just no true. The numbers don't lie."
Mayoral hopefuls wasted no time in criticizing Bloomberg’s statements like Democrat Bill Thompson who said, “His comments weren’t worthy of any elected official, much less the mayor of the city of New York."—Alley Olivier
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