Published: Mon, November 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Michael Bloomberg Regrets "Stop and Frisk" Now That He's Running for President

Michael Bloomberg Regrets

"The apology is too little, too late", Patrick Lynch, President of the Police Benevolent Association, said in response to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's public apology Sunday for the "stop and frisk" police tactic.

Bloomberg said, "Over time, I've come to understand something that I long struggled to admit to myself: I got something important wrong". "I got something important really wrong".

"I didn't understand that, back then - the full impacts that stops were having on the black and Latino communities".

"We need to do some catch-up so I think we've got to follow and find all sorts of above-board strategies", said Patrick, who joined the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign on Thursday.

Bloomberg stopped short of saying if he'll run for president, but many here have strong opinions on whether he'd make a good candidate. But the non-profit Center for Constitutional Rights conducted a study that found blacks and Latinos were nine times more likely than white people to be stopped in 2009.

"I was wrong, and I'm sorry", the former mayor of the USA financial capital told a predominantly black megachurch in Brooklyn.

Bloomberg dropped the mea culpa during a speech in the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, a church with a predominately black congregation. Bloomberg aggressively pursued the tactic when he first took over as mayor in 2002.

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Lynch was critical of Bloomberg's apology, indicating that the implementation of the aforementioned policy created a rift between police and the community that still exists today. But as crime continued to come down as we reduced stops and as it continued to come down during the next administration to its credit, I now see that we could and should have acted sooner.

"It is convenient that Bloomberg suddenly apologizes but has done nothing to undo the enormous damage he has caused on countless lives", said activist DeRay Mckesson.

Michael Bloomberg, preparing to jump in the race for president, apologized Sunday for the NYPD's aggressive stop and frisk of young minority men while he was mayor.

Deval Patrick, the former MA governor, said Sunday he's open to accepting money from so-called super PACs as a way "to do some catch up" in his presidential run.

"The fact is, far too many innocent people were being stopped while we tried to do that". "And I am sorry". "And it still bothered me and I want to earn it back", Bloomberg said while addressing the crowd.

Bloomberg told the congregation Sunday that stop-and-frisk eroded trust in the police department and left a blight on his legacy.

"And the erosion of that trust bothered me deeply".

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