“Stop and Frisk” cannot be explained away by Mike Bloomberg as an ‘oops, my bad’, here’s why.
On February 13, 2020, Michael Bloomberg issued an ‘apology’ for “Stop-and-Frisk” saying:
“There is one aspect of approach that I deeply regret, the abuse of police practice called stop and frisk. I defended it, looking back, for too long because I didn’t understand then the unintended pain it was causing to young black and brown families and their kids. I should have acted sooner and faster to stop it. I didn’t, and for that I apologize.”
Deeply regret, huh? I deeply regret eating an entire container of Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream for dinner last night. I deeply regret not studying hard as I should have for my biology quiz last week. I deeply regret not buying these adorable shoes I saw when I was shopping a few days ago.
You do not get to “deeply regret” giving the green light to a policy that terrorized black and brown communities for years. F*ck that.
“Stop and Frisk” cannot be explained away as an ‘oopsie.’ Michael Bloomberg is 78 years old. He was 60 years old at the start of his career as mayor in 2002. Are you telling me it took him until the big age of 78 to realize that a racist policy was…racist? K…