Bill de Blasio Questions Timing of Michael Bloomberg’s Apology for Stop-and-Frisk: ‘People Aren’t Stupid’
Current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t seem moved by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s apology for stop-and-frisk, telling CNN “people aren’t stupid.”
During an event, Bloomberg apologized for championing the policy of stop-and-frisk while he was mayor for three terms.
Speaking with CNN anchor Ana Cabrera Sunday evening, de Blasio questioned the timing of the apology–pointing out his administration ended stop-and-frisk when he took office.
“I’m looking at that and I just have to say people aren’t stupid. They can figure out if someone is honestly addressing an issue or whether they’re acting out of convenience. For years so many of us said when he was mayor of New York City this is hurting people, this is creating division,” de Blasio said. “Lo and behold when I came into office, we absolutely abolished the approach Michael Bloomberg had taken to stop-and-frisk. The city has gotten safer six years in a row, and the relationship between police and community is healing.”
“I’m always glad when someone has the ability to apologize. I am contesting why now and why under this circumstance. But the much bigger point here is stop-and-frisk was discredited years and years ago,” he continued. “Years ago in this city there were many of us saying it was discriminatory, harming families, holding us back. Michael Bloomberg wouldn’t listen.”
Bloomberg has been teasing a potential jump into the 2020 primary in recent days, while de Blasio’s own campaign ended earlier this year.
Watch above, via CNN.
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