Who’s Sorry Now?

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Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg raised eyebrows last weekend when he apologized for his use of the policing tactic known as “Stop, Question, and Frisk.” NYPD critics had long insisted that the practice was unfair and racist, but Bloomberg had staunchly defended it. Bloomberg’s reversal on one of his signature policies—credited with saving many lives—is ill-considered.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Dead: Homicides in the city dropped by 50% over Bloomberg’s 12 years in office. Read more.

  2. Stop: SQF was found significantly to reduce crime, particularly in the city’s most violent and crime-ridden precincts. Read more.

  3. Sorry: Bloomberg’s critics have already indicated that they expect him to apologize for other policies, including his positions on education and municipal workers. Read more.

“Now that Bloomberg has hinted that he might get into the race, he must be considering how he’ll defend his record as mayor to an increasingly left-leaning Democratic voter.”

Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Bloomberg’s Opening By Matthew Hennessey (February 9, 2016)

“It was vintage Bloomberg: decisive, pragmatic, concise. Then beginning his second term as mayor, the self-funding tech billionaire was hitting his stride as a political leader.”

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