UPDATED 10:19 AM PT — Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Newly leaked audio of billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has gone viral after he can be heard acknowledging New York City’s stop-and-frisk policies, which unfairly target minority communities.
The clip is reportedly from a 2015 speech at the Aspen Institute. Recordings from the event were previously blocked from distribution by Bloomberg representatives.
The former New York City mayor stated, “95 percent of murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. (modus operandi)…they are male minorities 16-to-25 (years of age).”
Bloomberg then defended placing more officers in minority neighborhoods by suggesting “that’s where the crime is.”
Bloomberg had video of speech blocked.
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 10, 2020
The Bloomberg campaign has not yet responded to the audio leak, but it has defended his position on stop-and-frisk in the past. The campaign previously said his intention was to reduce gun violence, but have since realized he may have been wrong for that past policy stance.