De Blasio slams Bloomberg on stop and frisk: He only apologized because he's running for president

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE (D) ripped his predecessor Mike Bloomberg over the controversial stop-and-frisk policy he oversaw, claiming he only apologized for it because of his presidential bid.

De Blasio, whose own presidential bid flamed out last year, has endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who is now seen as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, and who battled Bloomberg at Tuesday night’s debate.

“As the guy who actually ended the Stop + Frisk policy + settled the lawsuit + sent Bloomberg’s police commissioner packing, let me answer that question: YES, stop and frisk was racist!” tweeted de Blasio following the debate.

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“And @MikeBloomberg stood by it til last year. If he weren’t running for Pres, no apology,” de Blasio added.

A court found the policy was racially discriminatory in 2013. The city appealed the ruling but dropped the appeal after de Blasio replaced Bloomberg the following January.

Bloomberg has frequently come under fire over the policy since entering the presidential race, particularly after audio surfaced of a 2015 speech in which he defended the practice targeting young minorities, telling the audience “Ninety-five percent of your murders — murderers and murder victims — fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25.”

Bloomberg hasn’t started competing for delegates yet but has spending hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising blanketing states holding March 3 contests — this cycle’s Super Tuesday.

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