This week, a 5-year-old recording emerged of Bloomberg obliquely defending the program.
In response, the Bloomberg campaign released a misleading statement on Tuesday claiming that he simply inherited the policy and later reduced the practice.
“By the time I left office,” the statement continued, “I cut it back by 95%, but I should’ve done it faster and sooner.
In other words, the evidence showed that minorities were targeted for stops based on a lesser degree of suspicion than white people.
In 2019, the New York Police Department reported 11,008 stops, a small fraction of the amount of stops during the Bloomberg era.

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