New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg loves coming to work every day. He’s said he has “the greatest job in the world.” Why? Because, “there’s no other job in government where cause and effect is so tightly coupled where you can make a difference every day in so many different ways and in so many different people’s lives.”
The New York Civil Liberties Union reported two days ago on one of the main ways an average New Yorker might have witnessed the Bloomberg administration “making a difference”; stop-and-frisk policies that have caused NYPD stops to spike 600 percent since he took office.
From the report:
Of those subjected to NYPD street stops in 2011, nearly nine out of 10 were completely innocent, meaning they were neither arrested nor issued a summons. About 87 percent were black or Latino.…
Under the Bloomberg administration, the NYPD has conducted more than 4.3 million street stops. About 88 percent of those stops – nearly 3.8 million – resulted in no arrest or summons.
Quite a success rate. Isn’t it great when cause and effect are “so tightly coupled”? But lest the fine people of New York City worry Gotham’s Lord Protector is too one-sided in his methods, fear not. The nanny extraordinaire is also not above gentrifying Harlem, banning smoking in public parks, and distorting state elections to advance an anti-gun agenda.
Hopefully this will lay the “Draft Bloomberg” nonsense to rest.