New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed today that the New York Police Department was stopping whites "too much" and minorities "too little."
During an interview with WOR-NY radio this morning, Bloomberg was trying to defend the "stop and frisk program" used by the NYPD, which many critics say is racial profiling aimed at minorities (audio below).
According to ThinkProgress.org, Bloomberg said: "One newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying ‘oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be, but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the [crimes]."
He added: "In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course."
However, a study by the New York Civil Liberties Union found in 2011 there were 168,126 stops of black men (ages 14 to 24) while there were only 158,406 black men in that age range living in New York City, reported the Wall Street Journal.