Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg: We Don’t Stop and Frisk Enough Minorities

Mayor Bloomberg: We Don’t Stop and Frisk Enough Minorities:
wrong kind of white guy for the copsMichael Bloomberg doesn’t know
the meaning of the words “lame duck,” or humility for that matter.
The Democratic contenders vying to replace him come November have
pushed to pass two bills they believe would make stop and frisk
more palatable to New Yorkers, or at least potential voters. One
bill would set up an independent Inspector General for the NYPD.
The other would allow people to sue if they believe they’ve been
targeted by police on the basis of race as well as age, gender,
sexual orientation or housing status. It leaves no remedy for
someone targeted by police unfairly for a plethora of reasons (such
as fuck you that’s why). Both bills passed with a
“veto-proof majority”
but the mayor will veto anyway, because
he doesn’t see any problems with stop and frisk (which he’s

repeated

many times

before
as the program faces
legal challenge
).
From Capitol New York
:
Not only has the mayor vowed to veto both bills, but
he's also seeking to protect those vetoes from an override
by turning some now-supportive councilmembers.



"The racial profiling bill is just so unworkable," he said today.
"Nobody racially profiles."

"It's society's job to make sure that no one group is
disproportionately represented as potential perpetrators," he
added.



The mayor went on to cite the city's murder rate, which has fallen
dramatically during his tenure, and argue that now is not the time
to conduct a "social experiment."



"There is this business, there's one newspaper and one news
service, they just keep saying, 'Oh it's a disproportionate
percentage of a particular ethnic group,'" he went on. "That may
be, but it's not a disproportionate percentage of those who
witnesses and victims describe as committing the murder. In that
case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too
much and minorities too little."
But
the statistics show
a higher percentage of whites than blacks
that are stopped and frisked are found to be carrying a weapon
(though even among whites the percentage is too low to argue police
had anything like probable cause for the search), suggesting that
racial profiling is exactly what the police are doing.