Bloomberg says that comparison isn’t appropriate.
The racial breakdown of those stopped is “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,” he said Friday on “The John Gambling Show.”
More than 90 percent of suspects in killings in the last two years were described as black or Hispanic, according to city officials.
“The cops’ job is to stop (people in) the groups fitting the description. It’s society’s job to make sure that no one group is disproportionately represented as potential perpetrators,” Bloomberg said earlier in the show.
The group Communities United for Police Reform called Bloomberg’s view misinformation, noting that most stops aren’t spurred by suspect descriptions. Police department records of the stops also list such reasons as “furtive movements” or suspicious bulges in clothing.
“Mayor Bloomberg should cease with the irresponsible rhetoric and seek to work with the council on a constructive path forward,” said Communities United for Police Reform spokeswoman Joo-Hyun Kang.
Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio sent supporters an email rapping Bloomberg’s remarks, while fellow contender and City Comptroller John Liu issued a statement calling them “insensitive, outrageous, and just plain weird.” Rival and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, who is black, termed Bloomberg’s comments insulting and called on him to apologize.
“What he seems to indicate to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been unnecessarily stopped and frisked is, ‘We’re sorry we didn’t stop more people,'” Thompson said.
De Blasio, Liu and Thompson are Democrats.