In an audio clip of his speech at the Aspen Institute, widely publicized this month, Mr Bloomberg states:
“It’s controversial, but the first thing – 95 percent of your murders, murderers, and murder victims are an M.O. You can just take the description, hand it over to Xerox and all the police. They are a male minority of 15 to 25 years old. This is true in New York, in virtually every city in America, and there is real crime.
You need to get a gun out of the hands of the people who are dying. … Kids think they are going to kill anyway because all their friends are dying, so they have no long-term focus or anything. It’s a joke to have a gun, it’s a joke to pull the trigger. “
He said the killings are higher in New York than in other cities because they didn’t go after the kids for fear of getting their guns out. Many people do not like the fact that you do what you do but that is what stops it. “
“Give the police where the crime is, which means minorities are involved. The unintended consequence is that people say, “Oh my gosh, you’re arresting kids for marijuana, they’re all a minority.” Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we have kept all the police in the minority. Yes, that’s true. Why are we doing this? Because that’s where all the crime is.
The first thing you do for people is to stop killing them. We did not reduce the murder rate and we did a count on how many people would have died if they had not got a gun on the street, and The way you get the guns out of a kid’s hands is to throw them against the wall and freeze them. Because then they say, “I don’t want to get caught,” so they don’t bring a gun. They still have guns, but they keep them in the house.
After a lengthy outing where he did not comment explicitly about stop and frisk, Mr Bloomberg confirmed in an interview with the New York Times (part of which was published then) that he still believed it was correct. Principle in his time. He has allowed that situation to be different now
“We used it at a time where a lot of people were killing each other, and this was a technique we used to support a lot of people, saying, ‘Look, we were able to stop this massacre. Whatever. ‘And on that basis we have evolved using other techniques. But the murder rate has dropped dramatically, and What I see is that kids saved lives without having a gun because they were afraid to stop.
The New York City Police Department is very well managed and has remained within the law. And I can’t tell you that every cop has done everything perfectly, but I think so It was a tactic that was appropriate at the time. My job was to do my best to stop the killing. “
Mr Bill Bloomberg acknowledged the trend when the crime rate continued to decline and pressured after Bill de Blasio became mayor but said:
“Remember, all these things are built on what has been done before. So the strategies you can use when kids are afraid to carry a gun, you can’t just say that they are different from the tactics you use without being afraid to carry a gun. “
During a question-and-answer session at the Naval Academy in the United States, a midshipman asked Mr. Bloomberg what he would say to the black and Latino community affected by Stop and Frisk. Mr. Bloomberg said Police “certainly didn’t pick anyone by race” and added:
“We are focused on not letting kids go through the correctional system – The kids that were walking around looked like a gun, removing the gun from their pocket and closing it. … As a result, over the years, the murder rate in New York City has risen from 650 to 300 per year. … This was one of our programs, and then when we started reducing the number of guns seized and people kept their guns in the house, we shut it down. “
Just a month before he left Stop and Frisk, Mr Bloomberg defended it A Washington Post interview And argued that it actually helped the minority community.
“I’ve come to a situation where one horrible person was killing another horrible man, and this was a community. And I just said, we can do everything we can to stop the killing. The first was to stop the killings, and we cut the prisoner rate by a third, mostly minority children. We reduced the murder rate from 600০০ to 5 murders by 5 percent and you know who would have been killed. “