On Monday, shocking audio was released showing Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg talking about his stop-and-frisk policies, stating that the police should target minorities “because that’s where all the crime is.”
The footage, which was taken in 2015 during an appearance at the Aspen Institute, was released by podcast host Benjamin Dixon.
Bloomberg states in the audio that “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, 16-25. 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 the people that are getting killed,” Bloomberg added. “You want to spend the money on a lot of cops in the streets. Put those 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 the minority neighborhoods,” Bloomberg continued. “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 say[ing], ‘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.”
Listen to the audio below:
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