Bad Day for Bloomberg - old audio resurfaces, now he's accused of racism
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Old audio of Michael Bloomberg talking about the "stop and frisk" procedure once used by police has resurfaced and now he faces criticisms of being racist.
The video/audio clip stems from a talk he did back in 2015 at the Aspen Institute. He was defending the stop and frisk procedure and said that they should put "all the cops" in the minority neighborhoods.
The former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman spoke candidly about his self-described "controversial" views and policy to bring down the murder rate.
He also claimed that the way to stop young people from bringing guns out onto the street is to "throw them up against a wall and frisk 'em."
And Bloomberg said you could take a description of murderers and their victims "Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops" because they all "fit one M.O."
According to The Aspen Times, which reported on Bloomberg's comments at the time, the now 2020 Democratic candidate had blocked the release of video from the event.
Benjamin Dixon, a podcaster and progressive activist, highlighted the comments on Twitter on Monday. Dixon's clip of Bloomberg's remarks has been viewed more than 1.8 million times. (Newsweek)
You can listen to Benjamin Dixon's podcast on Spreaker. There he discusses the racist comments by Michael Bloomberg and other issues.