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Three members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday endorsed former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg for the presidency, in the midst of a controversy this week about his former stop-and-frisk policy.
Reps. Gregory Meeks of New York, Lucy McBath of Georgia, and Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands, all endorsed Bloomberg to run without mention of the controversial police tactic.
A 2015 audio recording surfaced this week, where the three-term mayor of NYC, gave a full-throated defense of the procedure, known as “stop and frisk”, which served to undermine subsequent excuse for the retention of the policy that some say that disproportionately affected minorities.
“Ninety-five percent of the murders, murderers and murder victims fit the M. O. you can just a description, Xerox it, and pass it on to all the cops,” he said at the time.
“You are male, minorities, 16-25. This is true, in New York, that’s true in virtually every city … [not audible]. And this is where the real crime is. You have the weapons out of the hands of the people who were killed,” Bloomberg, can be heard in the audio recording.
He also says that he is “all the cops in the minority neighbor”, because “that’s where all the crime.”
Bloomberg released a statement on Tuesday, he said, “inherited”, the practice, and you cut it by 95 percent of the time, when he left office. He admitted he “should have done it earlier and faster.”
Nevertheless, three black democratic lawmakers Bloomberg accepts the apology.
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“Mike was grieving mothers like myself an way to stand up and fight,” said McBath, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed by a white man in the year 2012 over a dispute about loud music. “Nobody running for President has done more for the gun violence prevention movement as Mike.” The every town for Gun Safety Action Fund, co-founded run and heavily promoted by Bloomberg, has spent $1.25 million on McBath’s office, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) records.
Meeks, whose district falls in the city, where Bloomberg led propagated as mayor for 12 years, the wealthy philanthropists work as mayor.
To see “as a mayor, he made promises with concrete plans to you. As President, he will do the same,” Meeks said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Mike as we communities revitalize overlooked, allow the creation of prosperity for working families, and fighting back against Donald Trump, who threaten to continue to our basic American values.”
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Plaskett spoke of Bloomberg’s help, after her district was devastated by two major hurricanes.
“The Virgin Islands were crippled after two massive hurricanes, but Mike said immediately to their aid and lent its physical, financial and moral support,” Plaskett,.
“As the Caribbean-and a New Yorker, I’m a fighter like Mike has not only bring the policy to the equality and the creation of prosperity, in order to keep the communities of color and the economic development of the us competitive in the world, he is not afraid to fight,” she added.
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Bloomberg, not compete, in spite of in the first four Stand-Caucasus — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina-has fluctuated in opinion polls after pouring hundreds of millions of his own money in the campaign with advertisements on national airwaves. As a moderate Democrat, Bloomberg hopes to start winning votes on Super-Tuesday, 3. March, when his name contests on the ballot in 14 state nomination.