NYC Mayor: City's Minorities Are Stopped 'Too Little'
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

mayor michael bloomberg puzzledSay what?! Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that New York police “disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”

Speaking in his weekly radio appearance, Bloomberg said minorities, as compared to murder suspects’ descriptions, aren’t stopped enough, The Associated Press reports. His remarks fired up critics of the city’s stop-and-frisk policing strategy, which analysis has shown disproportionately ensnares black and Latino youth.

“Our mayor’s comments prove he just doesn’t get it,” said city Councilman Robert Jackson, co-chair of the council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.

A spokesperson for Bloomberg said critics were “fabricating outrage over an absolutely accurate comment.”

In a report showing a sharp decline in the city’s murder rate, more than 90 percent of people killed or shot in the city are black or Latino, according to the AP.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.