4:31 pm Sep. 27, 2012
The mayor today asked the Bronx district attorney to reconsider his decision to stop prosecuting some arrests resulting from stop-and-frisks in public housing projects.
"If you want to bring crime back to New York, this is probably as good a ways to start doing it," he said.
In July, the district attorney, Robert Johnson, halted prosecutions of people stopped and arrested for trespassing by police in public housing, unless an interview with the police officer confirmed the validity of the arrest.
The D.A.'s action serves as a direct reprimand of the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk tactics. Today, at a press conference on Staten Island, the mayor said Johnson was going "in exactly the wrong direction."
"In terms of the allegations that in public housing some of the cops have been stopping without having any justification, we've been unable to get one example, if I understand it, from any of the people that have complained," said the mayor. "So I think the district attorney should really take another look at what he's doing."
Unrelated, Bloomberg, who recently gave $1 million to the state Senate Republicans, said that last time the Democrats were in charge of that house, they were "an embarrassment to this whole state."
By contrast, Bloomberg said, "the Republicans in the Senate have done what the city needs. Not every time, but most times."
The mayor also pointed out that he's supported the four Senate Republicans who bucked that same Republican party last year to support gay marriage, a cause the mayor supported.
One of those Republicans, Roy McDonald, has since lost the Republican primary and withdrawn from the race.
"I hope he changes his mind," said the mayor. "I think that losing him, somebody with that kind of courage and that kind of understanding of what's right for everybody, would be a big loss for this state."
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