The US billionaire and former New York City Mayor Bloomberg, who intends to compete for the White House throne, today admits that his long-term defense of the “blocking the body search” policy is incorrect; this controversial policy disproportionately targets African-Americans. And Hispanic New York residents, causing racial discrimination.
Michael Bloomberg said in a cathedral in Brooklyn to the African-American church members: “I am wrong, I am sorry.”
During his 12-year tenure as the mayor of New York, Bloomberg, 77, has always supported the police in taking “blocking the body” measures; this policy gives the New York City police extensive powers to search anyone suspected of being suspected of committing a crime.
Although federal judges ruled in 2013 that such initiatives violated constitutionally protected minority rights, Bloomberg supported the “blocking search” policy that had been gradually abolished.
Agence France-Presse reported that media tycoon Bloomberg’s speech at Brooklyn Cathedral seems to be preparing for the White House. Bloomberg weighed in the 2020 presidential election to challenge Trump, he needs to get support from key minorities.
According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, in 2011, at the peak of the “Intercepting Body Search” policy, 87% of the approximately 685,000 cases were for African-American and Hispanic people.
About the same proportion of those who were intercepted by the police did not engage in misconduct.
When Bloomberg talked about his position “eroding” the “trust” of ethnic minorities, he also bluntly said, “I can’t change history.”
“However, I hope you understand that I have realized that it is the wrong way. I am wrong, I am sorry.”
“But I also hope that you know that I am more committed to ending the violence than ever before.”
Bloomberg also said that he hopes to regain the trust of African-American and Hispanic communities.
However, Kumar Rao, a senior consultant at the Center for Popular Democracy, said: “His apology is right, but voters shouldn’t believe it.”
“New York Times” opinion columnist Mara Gay said: “Sorry for those who should have enjoyed government services but were humiliated, harassed and intimidated by them for 10 years.”
“This Sunday, he finally opened his mouth to Afro-New Yorkers and asked them to forgive and give their votes.”