Live Updates: Democrats jockey for benefit after spirited argument in Nevada

Live Updates: Democrats jockey for benefit after spirited argument in Nevada

” Well, if I go back and look at my time in office, the one thing that I’m actually worried about, ashamed about, was how it turned out with stop-and-frisk. When I got into office, there were 650 murders a year in New York City.

— Previous New York mayor Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg’s claim that he cut 95 percent of stops-and-frisks, which disproportionately targeted black and Hispanic men in New york city City while he was mayor, counts on a selective parsing of the information.

He inherited the city’s stop-and-frisk policy from his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, but it was the Bloomberg administration that increase the practice by New york city authorities. In Bloomberg’s first 10 years in office, stops-and-frisks increased almost 600 percent, reaching a high point of about 686,000 actions in 2011.

According to, “Bloomberg gets to his figure of a 95%cut by cherry-picking the quarterly high point of 203,500 drops in the very first quarter of 2012 and comparing that with the 12,485 drops in the last quarter of 2013– a decrease that would not have actually been possible without the numbers ballooning earlier in Bloomberg’s tenure.”

Bloomberg stated he later discovered that the stop-and-frisk policy had actually gotten out of control and ramped it down, however that claim misses some context. For beginners, Bloomberg continued to safeguard the policy until recently, disowning it just before he signed up with the presidential race.

In addition, his administration was buffeted by suits challenging the practice, and a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the way New York policeman were performing the stops-and-frisks was unconstitutional. It remained in the face of those legal obstacles and rulings that New York decreased stops-and-frisks under Bloomberg.

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