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)
Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."
‘A day that will live in infamy’: This is what it looked like when Wisconsin forced in-person voting during a pandemic
by Jessica Corbett
As footage of Wisconsin's crowded polling stations flooded the internet Tuesday, public health officials and civil rights advocates condemned the state's Supreme Court and Republican legislative leaders for allowing in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic and thwarting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' last-minute efforts to address voter safety concerns.