How was Stop and Frisk unconstitutional

Bloomberg is remorseful

In a speech in New York, the Democrat apologized for the "stop and frisk" tactic he introduced and later classified as unconstitutional, in which police officers could arbitrarily control and search people. "Far too many innocent people were stopped," the majority of them black and Latinos, said the 77-year-old. He spoke in front of a mainly Afro-American congregation in the New York borough of Brooklyn. Michael Bloomberg admitted that members of this congregation may also have been affected.

Everyone makes mistakes

He admitted that these controls were rolled back too late. "I was wrong. And I'm sorry," he said. "I made mistakes." However, he has never met anyone who has not made a mistake, so Bloomberg and he added: "The bottom line is whether you can admit it."

At the height of "Stop and Frisk" in 2011, according to evaluations by the "New York Civil Liberties Union", almost 90 percent of the 685,000 people checked were black or Latino. The controls did not prove to be justified in retrospect. Nine out of ten people who were screened in New York were later acquitted of any allegations.

It's not official yet

Bloomberg's appearance and his apology regarding "stop and frisk" is interpreted as a gesture of reconciliation to blacks and Latinos. It is thus also a message to important Democratic constituencies whose support he would need if he were to run for president. Officially, Bloomberg has not yet entered his party's race. However, he has already made concrete preparations for this, for example by submitting the necessary documents for a possible participation in the primaries in the US state of Alabama.

Bloomberg, who once founded the financial and media company named after him, is considered one of the richest men in the world. It could raise significant funding in an election campaign against President Donald Trump, who will run for Republicans again in the 2020 election.

haz / qu (dpa, afp, ap)