President Trump’s campaign is seizing on newly surfaced audio from 2015 in which former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg can be heard defending the controversial policing policy known as “stop and frisk.”
Trump on Tuesday also shared and then deleted a tweet with the audio that included the caption, “WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST.” It was not immediately clear why the president deleted the message.
Bloomberg can be heard in the audio defending stop and frisk, a policing practice used during his tenure as mayor that involves law enforcement temporarily questioning and searching a suspect for weapons on the street. Critics say the searches lack proper probable cause and are flatly unconstitutional.
“Ninety-five percent of your murders — murderers and murder victims — fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, it’s true in virtually every city,” Bloomberg is heard saying in the recording.
Read more at The Hill.