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Podcaster Benjamin Dixon uncovered audio of a speech Michael Bloomberg delivered in 2015 at the Aspen Institute.
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The former three-term mayor of New York City defended “stop and frisk” as well as the targeting of minority young people. He has since apologized for endorsing the police tactic.
The Aspen Times reported at the time that Bloomberg representatives asked the Institute not to distribute footage of his appearance.
“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,” he said. “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 went on to say that if you want to stop crime, you have to flood big city neighborhoods with police officers.
“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.”
Bloomberg, who is now running for the White House as a Democrat, has not commented on the newly released audio.
A number of left wing pundits are calling Bloomberg a racist. However, the facts are on his side.
According to crime statistics released annually by the New York City Police Department, most crimes are in fact committed by minority suspects.
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 10, 2020