Some Call For Michael Bloomberg To End Campaign After Being Caught On Audio Saying Minority Kids “Need To Be Thrown Up Against The Wall”, And That “All The Crime” Is In Minority Neighborhoods

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who is running for president, is now playing defense after audio of him defending the highly controversial ‘stop and frisk’ police measure in New York has now received renewed attention–and subsequently, growing calls for him to leave the race.

Bloomberg, who served as NYC mayor from 2002 to 2013, didn’t just defend the policy: He went in on minorities, basically blaming them for his policy.

On the tape, which dates back to 2015, Bloomberg can be heard saying “all the crime” is in minority neighborhoods, and he seemed to suggest that arresting kids for marijuana possession was not a big deal.

“Put a lot of cops in the street,” Bloomberg said while discussing what other cities can learn from New York City’s policing model. “Put those cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”

He continued: “One of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh, my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. That’s true. Why did we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is.”

The audio derives from a 2015 speech to the Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg added that he needed to get guns out of the hands of individuals who are “male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25.”

Social justice advocates have done an outstanding job of making the unequal treatment of Black Americans in the justice system a mandatory issue to be addressed by any candidate hoping to win the Democratic nomination; Bloomberg appears to have gotten the memo late.

Bloomberg’s history with stop and frisk has long been viewed as a potential roadblock to him securing the Democratic nomination.

This audio may not help his cause.

Bloomberg eventually apologized for supporting stop and frisk, which disproportionately affected Black and Latino youngsters, just in time for the launch of his campaign for president. But Bloomberg has work to do: According to polls, many voters didn’t seem to believe his apology was authentic.

Reaction to the audio recording on social media was swift and overwhelmingly negative, with many urging him to just drop out.

However, Bloomberg has spent tens of millions of dollars running ads to re-introduce himself to Democratic voters–especially voters of color; Bloomberg was previously a Republican and Independent. His slogan, “Mike Will Get It Done”, has started becoming a familiar catchphrase heard and seen on radio and TV segments that are popular with minorities.

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