This morning on his weekly radio show, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg not only defended the NYPD‘s controversial Stop and Frisk program, he encouraged it be used more against minorities and less against whites.
Bloomberg says that one particular unspecified media outlet says that a disproportionate amount of a specific ethnic group is being targeted. “That may be,” says Bloomberg, “but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as the murderer. In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much.”
According to data from the Center for Constitutional Rights, only 9 percent of those Stop and Frisked in New York in 2011 were white, as opposed to 51 percent black and 33 percent Latino. In all of those incidents where people were Stop and Frisked, only 2 percent of all stops produced contraband substances.