By Luis Mercado 02/14/2020
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for the first time while on the campaign trail for the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policing tactic, something that Bloomberg defended while serving as the mayor of New York City.
This comes as audio from 2015 surfaced earlier this week of Bloomberg talking about the policy as a way to reduce violence by throwing minority kids “up against the walls and frisk them.”
All of this came in the midst of the “Mike for Black America” launch in Houston, Texas.
“There is one aspect of approach that I deeply regret, the abuse of police practice called stop and frisk,” Bloomberg said. “I defended it, looking back, for too long because I didn’t understand then the unintended pain it was causing to young black and brown families and their kids. I should have acted sooner and faster to stop it. I didn’t, and for that I apologize.”
Bloomberg has apologized before in November 2019 prior to announcing his candidacy. This marks the first time he has issued an apology while speaking to voters.