Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a federal judge who imposed reforms on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk strategy knows “absolutely zero” about police work.
Speaking today on his weekly radio show, Bloomberg blasted U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, who earlier this week ruled the tactic was unconstitutional.
“What does she know about policing? Absolutely zero,” Bloomberg said. “Your safety and the safety of your kids is now in the hands of some woman who does not have the expertise to do it.”
Bloomberg and other officials have credited the policy in part for a pronounced drop in the homicide rate. The city averages one homicide a day currently, compared with six in 1990.
“We think the judge could not be more wrong. The Supreme Court has ruled, we follow the rules,” he said. “This would be a disaster for the city.”
City officials are filing a notice of appeal Friday against the ruling in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
“It’s not the judge’s job to go and to run these city agencies,” Bloomberg said. “Some judges think they can get in and run the city – it cannot end well.”
In the decision issued Monday, Scheindlin said the NYPD was making the street stops based on race. She did not order an end to the practice, but instead appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the policy.
“The purpose of the remedies addressed in this opinion is to ensure that the practice is carried out in a manner that protects the rights and liberties of all New Yorkers, while still providing much-needed police protection,” Scheindlin wrote.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also slammed the judge’s ruling.
“What I find most disturbing and offensive about this decision is the notion that the NYPD engages in racial profiling. That is simply recklessly untrue. We do not engage in racial profiling. It is prohibited by law. It is prohibited by our own regulations,” Kelly said.
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