A newly discovered 2015 audio recording of Michael Bloomberg defending his controversial “stop and frisk” policy has just emerged just in time for the 2020 campaign.
In the audio clip, the 77-year old billionaire is heard saying that “stop and frisk” targeted minority “kids” who cops must throw “up against the wall” to disarm.
Realizing the obvious firestorm his comments would generate within the mainstream press – along with the negative reaction within the African American community – Bloomberg representatives asked the Institute not to distribute the video footage or acknowledge his appearance at the event, virtually burying the incident for over 5-years.
Bloomberg is also caught saying “Ninety-five percent of murders- murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops.”
Adding, “They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city (inaudible). 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.”
Bloomberg continued describing the issues of fighting urban crime within big cities stating, “spend the money” and “put a lot of cops in the streets,” particularly in “minority neighborhoods.” He also acknowledged the “unintended consequences” of the policy.
“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,” Bloomberg is heard saying on the recording. “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 wall 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.”
The Bloomberg campaign has thus far not responded to media inquiries for a response.