In his weekly radio address on Friday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg shot back at critics of the city’s stop-question-and-frisk policy, who have complained that the procedure unfairly targets blacks and other racial minorities. The mayor argued that the proportion of black citizens stopped is considerably lower than the proportion of murder suspects who are black, while the opposite is true for whites.
“I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they say,” he said. He also displayed little patience for opponents on the City Council, who on Thursday passed two bills the practical aim of which is to curtail the use of stop-question-and-frisk. Of these critics the mayor commented acidly, “I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.”