On Thursday, Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), agreeing with President Trump, criticized billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg over his “authoritarian & racist” ‘stop and frisk’ policy.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “Will people get their records expunged? Will young people sucked into the spiderweb of incarceration get their lives back? Unless there is restorative justice, there is no ‘moving on’ from Stop & Frisk. It’s just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian & racist policy.”
She continued: “New York City is about 60% people of color. Stop and Frisk was an unconstitutional, devastating practice for the entire city that intentionally exempted White people from harm. It was one of the most racist policies I’ve ever lived through that deeply impacted the entire city.”
Will people get their records expunged?
Will young people sucked into the spiderweb of incarceration get their lives back?
Unless there is restorative justice, there is no “moving on” from Stop & Frisk. It’s just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian & racist policy. https://t.co/2wv6KO9YJT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 13, 2020
President Trump also criticized the policy during a podcast interview with Geraldo Rivera.
“Honestly, if you were a black person in New York, you were stopped two times a day, three times a day, you couldn’t go to your house, they were stopping you every day,” the president said. “What Bloomberg did to the back community was a disgrace.”
Trump added: “If you were a black person walking down the street, you were going to be stopped and frisked under Bloomberg.”
The controversy over Bloomberg’s enforcement of the ‘stop and frisk’ policy was reignited this week after an audio clip was discovered, in which Bloomberg claimed “all the crime” is in “minority neighborhoods.”
Bloomberg said: “95% of your murders – murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city and that’s where the real crime is.”
Bloomberg continued: “You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed. You want to spend the money on a lot of cops in the streets. Put those cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”
He continued: “So, one of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them. And then they start say[ing], ‘Oh I don’t want to get caught.’ So they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.”