Bloomberg Heard Advocating 'Stop-and-frisk' Policies in 2015 Audio

Headline Roundup February 11th, 2020

Audio has surfaced of 2020 presidential hopeful and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg defending his infamous stop-and-frisk policies at a 2015 Aspen Institute event. Bloomberg is heard making attempts to justify the targeting of racial minorities by police to prevent violence. In response to the audio's surfacing, President Donald Trump called Bloomberg a "total racist" in a since-deleted tweet; Bloomberg has reportedly recently gained traction among black voters.

Bloomberg Heard Advocating 'Stop-and-frisk' Policies in 2015 Audio

From the Left
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Given his history, registered Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Michael Bloomberg was always going to have to work to convince Democrats he was one of them. On Monday night, recently surfaced 2015 audio from Bloomberg’s Aspen Institute remarks on controversial “stop-and-frisk” policing in 2015 show why.

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg is under fire for resurfaced comments in which he says the way to bring down murder rates is to “put a lot of cops” in minority neighborhoods because that’s where “all the crime is.”

The billionaire and former New York mayor made the comments at a 2015 appearance at the Aspen Institute, as part of an overall defense of his support for the controversial “stop and frisk” policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities.

Bloomberg launched his Democratic presidential bid late last...

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From the Right
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Recently-resurfaced audio from a speech that Mike Bloomberg gave about his law enforcement strategy as New York City mayor reveals that his support for the controversial “stop-and-frisk” program, which he has since disavowed due to it’s impact on minority communities, continued until as recently as 2015.

In an audio recording of his 2015 speech at the Aspen Institute, which was obtained by Fox News, Bloomberg can be heard saying that while it may be “controversial,” the way to stop murders is to seize guns from young minority males.

“You can...

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