Mr. Bloomberg said Sunday that racial profiling was banned by the Police Department, and that “we will not tolerate it.” He added, however, that the city would not “deny reality” in order to stop different groups according to their relative proportions in the population. (He used the examples of men versus women and young versus old people, rather than white versus black or Hispanic.) . . .[Blogger's comment: Notice this lame attempt to dance around the racial profiling issue.]
Saturday, July 14, 2012
More from NYC: Stop and Frisk to get guns off the street, racial profiling.
Mayor Bloomberg is a staunch proponent of gun control and aggressive stop and frisk tactics to get guns off the street. He is a master of double-talk and appears to be willing to sacrifice 4th Amendment rights to get guns off the street. The article notes:
Coming a week before a planned march to protest the policy, and just days after a group of minority lawmakers visited the Justice Department in Washington to call for an investigation of it, the speech was clearly an effort to address some of the criticism. The church where the mayor spoke, the First Baptist Full Gospel Church of Brownsville, is in a neighborhood where both the level of crime and the number of street stops are among the highest in the city.
In the city as a whole, the police stopped people and questioned them 684,330 times last year, a 600 percent increase from Mr. Bloomberg’s first year in office. Eighty-seven percent of those stopped were black or Latino, and the vast majority were young men, which has led some minority leaders to denounce the policy as a form of racial profiling.
Mr. Bloomberg said Sunday that racial profiling was banned by the Police Department, and that “we will not tolerate it.” He added, however, that the city would not “deny reality” in order to stop different groups according to their relative proportions in the population. (He used the examples of men versus women and young versus old people, rather than white versus black or Hispanic.)
The article further states:
“The NYPD’s own data undermine many of the Bloomberg administration’s justifications for the stop-and-frisk program,” New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “Contrary to the mayor and police commissioner’s assertions, the massive spike in the number of stops has done little to remove firearms from the streets. Instead, it has violated the constitutional rights of millions of people and corroded the ability of communities of fathers and sons from communities of color to trust and respect the police.”
Bloggers take: Please read the entire article. Looks like NYC is not only headed toward becoming a Nanny city, it seems to be headed toward becoming a "police state," city, where Fourth Amendment rights will be few and far between. Bloomberg is a definitive candidate for Civil Liberties Public Enemy #1) When those obsessed with increasing gun control take control, the costs to the Fourth Amendment will be immense.