Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg becomes a big story and is one of the front-runners in the Democratic Party. However, he is under fire for recently resurfaced audio of him talking about the Stop and Frisk Law. Stop and frisk is vague, and basically comes down to giving police more authority to be able to stop and frisk someone they are suspicious of without detaining them. Suspicious is a vague subjective, and someone shouldn’t be allowed to stop and frisk somebody unless they have reasonable doubt to believe they have committed a crime. However, with this law, police officers have more ability to be able to do that without being sued. It is required that there must be some sort of suspicion, but what we don’t want is George Zimmerman’s of the country following people for no reason because they “look suspicious.” A lot of people would call that racial profiling.
Mike Bloomberg, who is running for president, said about Stop and Frisk Policy in a 2015 speech, “Ninety-five percent of murders — murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, and sixteen to twenty-five. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city. And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed.” He also went on to say in a 2013 interview, “”I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”
Donald Trump, instead of eloquently stating why he disagrees, decided to go on social media and call Bloomberg a racist That tweet has since been taken down and replaced with “Mini Mike is a short ball hitter. Tiny club hit speed. Keep America great.” The fact that Trump continually attacks Bloomberg’s height, which he has no control over, shows he is intimidated. Also shows that he still resorts to bully tactics rather than professional, intelligent commenting. Trump supporters are now going after Bloomberg and defending Trump. The problem with that, and the irony, Donald Trump is the one at a town hall said he supported Stop and Frisk. He supported the same thing Bloomberg is talking about, and is calling Bloomberg a racist for it. This must be why the tweet calling Bloomberg racist was deleted. In the same speech, he called Bloomberg a good mayor. It’s clear that the reason he is going after Bloomberg is because he is a threat to the 2020 election now that he is one of the Democratic Party front-runners.
Shapiro disagrees with Stop and Frisk. He says it is wrong because it allows racial profiling. There are better ways to go after criminals than stopping random people for no reason, which some police officers do. This law also gives them the ability to do that. It’s annoying, wrong, and an inconvenience. It is also unconstitutional and a violation of basic rights. The hosts go on to take on callers, who weigh in on both sides heavily, many of them African American men who go through this already on a daily basis. Non-white people already face the issue and prejudice of being stopped, pulled over, or questioned without reason. They already have the pressure of prejudice everyday. Stop and Frisk only encourages and promotes this practice, and will cause this to happen more than it already does.
The problem with Donald Trump calling out Bloomberg is pretty simple. Trump backed Stop and Frisk and said positive things about Bloomberg. Now he goes on social media to attack Bloomberg. One has to wonder why the change. A couple reasons are obvious; he’s going after Bloomberg because he is one of the Democratic front-runners, and will do well on the debate stage against Donald Trump. So of course, rather than face his opponent, Trump turns to social media like an angry high school girl taking down the competition for Prom Queen.