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May 03

Bloomberg getting it wrong on stop and frisk.

You’d think a political independent like myself would have a kindred spirit in New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.  But I don’t.  As an advocate of liberty, I detest Bloomberg’s penchant for supporting authoritarian legislation. Speaking of which, he is opposed to a new bill that would appoint an inspector general to oversee the NYPD and give innocent victims of its stop and frisk program some legal recourse.

Said Bloomberg:

I loathe that illegal guns threaten our communities every day, especially black and Latino communities, because politicians don’t have the courage to stand up for the measures that can save lives. In Washington, some elected officials don’t have the courage to stand up to the special interests on the right and pass common sense gun laws. And in New York City, some don’t have the courage to stand up to special interests on the left and support common sense policing tactics like stop and frisk. We don’t need extremists on the left or the right running our police department, whether it’s the NRA or the NYCLU.

Yes, he’s just looking out for racial minorities.  Funny thing though: the stop and frisk program targets black and Latino men 87% of the time and white people only 10% of the time.  Supporting the program would seem to be the better plan if he wanted to protect that demographic.

And what’s more, the 4th Amendment is not a suggestion.  I do not think it makes anybody an extremist to expect those sworn to defend the Constitution abide by it.


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