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Bloomberg On Stop And Frisk: 'If I Had A Son, I Might Feel Differently'

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12:  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a press conference with New York Police Department
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a press conference with New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly to address the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk practice on August 12, 2013 in New York City. A federal court judge ruled that Stop-and-Frisk violates rights guaranteed to people and the Bloomberg administration has vowed to appeal the case. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg told The New Yorker he might reconsider his stubborn defense of stop-and-frisk tactics, if he had a son.

(Bloomberg has two adult daughters, Georgina and Emma.)

From The New Yorker:

“If I had a son who was stopped, I might feel differently about it, but nevertheless," Bloomberg said. "Maybe I was inelegant, but I don’t think anybody thinks I am anything but—I hope not, anyway—supportive of trying to help all people. With my own money as well as time, thank you very much. I’ve spent s of my life doing this.”

Black and Latino men account for an overwhelming majority of those stopped and frisked by the NYPD so, as New York's Joe Coscarelli points out, "for Bloomberg to have a son that would be stopped, odds are he'd have to at least appear to be a man of color."

In 2011 alone, more young black men were stopped by the NYPD than there are young black men in the entire city.

Bloomberg also emphasized his support for the stop-and-frisk program to The New Yorker.

"I would suggest to the next mayor, whoever it is, that saving lives is the most important thing, more so than pandering," Bloomberg said. "Stop and frisk has been shown to be—not the only, but the most effective, tool in getting guns out of the hands of kids."

Last week, a federal judge declared that thousands of NYPD stops were racially motivated and unconstitutional. Judge Shira Scheindlin called for a federal monitor to oversee the police department.

Bloomberg has since angrily criticized both the ruling and Judge Scheindlin.

“What does she know about policing? Absolutely zero,” Bloomberg said after the ruling. “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.”

The city formerlyappealed the stop-and-frisk ruling on Friday.

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