Mayor Bloomberg on racial profiling: ‘We disproportionately stop whites too much’

By David Edwards
Friday, June 28, 2013 14:48 EDT
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Photo: AFP.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday insisted that “nobody” used profiling to target particular races.

During his weekly interview with WOR’s John Gambling, Bloomberg argued that two bills designed to prevent racial profiling would put the lives of NYPD officers at risk.

“These are bad bills,” the mayor opined. “The racial profiling bill is just so unworkable. Nobody racially profiles.”

Bloomberg added that “one newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, ‘Oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group’” being targeted by the city’s stop-and-frisk policies.

“That may be, but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murder,” he said. “In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”

New York Magazine‘s Joe Coscarelli pointed out on Friday that 87 percent of people stopped in 2012 were people of color.

Listen to this audio form WOR, broadcast June 28, 2013.

(h/t: Capital New York)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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