‘Nobody racially profiles’: Bloomberg on the Council’s two ‘bad’ NYPD bills
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning fiercely defended his police department in the wake of the Council's passage of two bills seeking to rein in the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk.
"These are bad bills," said Bloomberg during his regular Friday morning appearance on the John Gambling radio show.
One bill would create an NYPD inspector general within the city's Department of Investigations. That I.G. would have subpoena power and would be able to issue recommendations to the police department. It passed with a large veto-proof majority in the City Council.
The other bill, whose veto-proof majority is significantly more vulnerable, would allow New Yorkers to sue the NYPD for unfairly targeting New Yorkers based on age, housing status, sexual orientation and gender in state court.
Not only has the mayor vowed to veto both bills, but he's also seeking to protect those vetoes from an override by turning some now-supportive councilmembers.
"The racial profiling bill is just so unworkable," he said today. "Nobody racially profiles."
"It's society's job to make sure that no one group is disproportionately represented as potential perpetrators," he added.
The mayor went on to cite the city's murder rate, which has fallen dramatically during his tenure, and argue that now is not the time to conduct a "social experiment."
"There is this business, there's one newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, 'Oh it's a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group,'" he went on. "That may be, but it's not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murder. In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little."