Who’s Sorry Now?
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
Dead: Homicides in the city dropped by 50% over Bloomberg’s 12 years in office. Read more.
Stop: SQF was found significantly to reduce crime, particularly in the city’s most violent and crime-ridden precincts. Read more.
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.”
EDITORIAL | De Blasio refused to accept Bloomberg’s belated apology on police stop-and-frisks, but we wonder how posterity will judge him for his own blind spots in running the NYPD, where crime has dropped but a disturbing lack of transparency abides.https://t.co/X5Beuh8us0— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 21, 2019
The Past is Present
“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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