During Tuesday’s "The O’Reilly Factor," Bill O’Reilly said he does not believe the New York Police Department is actively targeting minorities and thinks the only reason “the left” opposes it is because “black males are involved.”
O’Reilly expressed his views during a debate with defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman about the recent ruling by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the NYPD violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city.
O’Reilly told Lichtman that the attorney was wrong for believing that the ruling will not lead to “rising crime” in New York City. The host also noted Chicago’s lack of stop-and-frisk as an explanation for its higher murder rate.
“New York City, when it didn’t have this, had one the highest murder rates in the country,” O’Reilly said, according to Mediaite, “And now it’s the lowest ... Yet Scheindlin and the left doesn’t like it, because black males are involved. That’s why they don’t like it.”
The New York Times reported that Scheindlin, in making her ruling, found that the police department resorted to a “policy of indirect racial profiling” as it increased the number of stops in minority communities. That has led to officers’ routinely stopping “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.”
The judge called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms, including the use of body-worn cameras for some patrol officers, though she was “not ordering an end to the practice of stop-and-frisk.”