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

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

” Well, if I return and look at my time in office, the something that I’m really anxious about, embarrassed 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. And I thought that my first responsibility was to give people the right to live. That’s the fundamental right of everything. And we began it. We adopted a policy which had actually remained in place. The policy that all huge authorities departments use of stop-and-frisk. What occurred, however, was it left control. And when we found, I found, that we were doing numerous, numerous, too many stop-and-frisks, we cut 95 percent of it.”

— Previous New york city mayor Michael Bloomberg

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

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

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

Bloomberg said he later found that the stop-and-frisk policy had actually left control and ramped it down, but that claim misses some context. For beginners, Bloomberg continued to protect the policy until just recently, disowning it only prior to he signed up with the presidential race.

In addition, his administration was buffeted by lawsuits challenging the practice, and a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the method New York police officers were carrying out the stops-and-frisks was unconstitutional. It remained in the face of those legal obstacles and judgments that New York reduced stops-and-frisks under Bloomberg.

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