In another sign that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a multi-billionaire, is going to run for president as a Democrat, he went to a predominately black church and apologized for the Stop and Frisk policy he defended as mayor so vociferously. No one has a shot at the Democratic nomination while advocating that racist and unconstitutional policy.
Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has moved toward joining the Democratic presidential race, apologized Sunday for his handling of stop-and-frisk, a controversial policing tactic that has been criticized as a kind of racial profiling and that Bloomberg defended as recently as early this year.Bloomberg expressed regrets at a predominantly black megachurch he has visited many times, telling congregants that he didn’t understand the full effects on African American and Latino communities quickly enough and should have curtailed the program sooner.
“I’m sorry that we didn’t,” said Bloomberg. “But I can’t change history. However today, I want you to know that I realize back then, I was wrong.”
I don’t think he has a realistic shot at winning the nomination anyway, but repudiating one of the most controversial policies of his Mayoral administration is a prerequisite to even having a prayer at winning the primaries. His track record on criminal justice issues is appalling and way out of line with where the Democratic party is today. Kamala Harris and Joe Biden have similar problems, though not as serious as Bloomberg.