Rudy Giuliani: Michael Bloomberg and I Saved Black Lives – And How I Dealt with Sharpton


giuliani1Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told Fox News he takes offense at current Mayor Bill de Blasio’s implication that police target black people.

“For the last 20 years, between [Michael] Bloomberg and me, we have saved more black lives than any mayor in the history of the city,” Giuliani said Thursday on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

De Blasio, in a speech following Wednesday’s announcement that a white police officer would not be indicted in the death of a black man, Eric Garner, said the case points to a need to fix policing and that the struggle with race goes back to the days of slavery.

Giuliani said the insertion of race into the case is unwarranted and that a white man breaking the law would have seen the same result.

Giuliani said there were 2,200 murders a year in New York when he took over, and he brought the number down to 340. With 75 percent of murder victims being black, Giuliani said that most of those lives saved were African-American.

“We were concentrating on the real problem: the 96 percent of blacks killing other blacks,” Giuliani said.

He admitted police misconduct is a problem, but challenged de Blasio’s assertion that young black men face harassment from police.

“If you’re a father … and you’re trying to keep your son safe, the thing to keep him safe from is black violence – not police officers,” he said.

He said the Rev. Al Sharpton is among a group who uses the narrative that police are the problem because it helps them get their name known.

Giuliani’s predecessor, Mayor David Dinkins, elevated Sharpton by treating him as an equal, he said.

“Here was my rule: I’m not dealing with him. I will only deal with people who have a legitimate interest in really solving the problem,” Giuliani told host Bill O’Reilly. “And I never found that any of the problems that I had, that Al Sharpton had a legitimate interest.”

Sharpton and others like him have done nothing for the black community for 30 years “except watch a lot of people get killed and blame it on the cops,” Giuliani said.

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  1. oh come on. You are not allowed to say the truth in todays polluted environment. Everything has to be censored by the politically correct media.

  2. I always respected Giuliani even though he was not a real conservative. He has the guts to tell it as it is; a precious commodity these days.

  3. It is actually 93%, not 96%, but this is actually pretty irrelevant. 84% of whites are killed by whites. This is a manifestation of the fact that most homicide victims live near their murderers (and are often family members).

    (Not that Al Sharpton has anything constructive to add on this — or anything else.)

  4. @Charliehall, you missed the point. His point is not that blacks are bigger murderers. His point is that over 90% of blacks are killed other blacks as opposed to whites. The main point is that for some reason the people who claim to care about black lives (e.g. sharpton) don’t ever mention the REAL problem. Blacks killing blacks! That being said, if sharpton and co. really cared they would be screaming about the blacks killing themselves.
    The truth is they don’t care about blacks lives, they care about themselves. So whenever they have an opportunity to make noise they jump on it. Since blacks are only killed by whites less than 10% of the time, these opportunity’s are rare. So whenever they find a case they pull out the “race card”.
    Bottom line: nobody cares about dead blacks (including sharpton) all they care about is making noise and looking good.