New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly (file photo)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rigorously defended the city’s police department’s highly controversial ‘stop and frisk’ policy that has widely targeted minority resident, especially African Americans and Latinos.
During a Tuesday address to the New York Police Department (NYPD) officers, Bloomberg angrily compared critics of the so-called ‘crime-fighting’ policy, which has been challenged in a US federal legal action as unconstitutional, with an unruly mob.
Dismissing the growing criticism of the practice by NYPD officers as politically motivated, Bloomberg said, “Hard to believe, but the NYPD is under attack, probably because this is an election year. The attacks most often come from people who play no constructive role in keeping our city safe, but rather view their jobs as pointing fingers from the steps of City Hall.”
Meanwhile, many critics of the intrusive and degrading police practice, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rights group, have published numerous documented cases of abusive interrogation of innocent bystanders and passersby by the notorious NYPD officers merely due to their appearance or race.
Critics further charge that NYPD patrol officers commonly target innocent minorities and treat them like criminals with no accountability for the abuses that they often commit when they arbitrarily stop and search people for supposed “suspicious behavior.”
A federal judge ruled in January that NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practice of searching pedestrians without probable cause is unconstitutional.