Emily Badger is a former staff writer at CityLab. Her work has previously appeared in Pacific Standard, GOOD, The Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
The numbers are bad. But these recorded quotes from department leaders really get at the heart of the problem.
Let's start with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's reaction to the ruling Monday that his police department has for years now been carrying out unconstitutional stop-and-frisks that deliberately target and violate the rights of minorities. Here he is, foaming at the mouth at a press conference yesterday, following the release of Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin's decision:
This is a dangerous decision made by a judge who I think does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the U.S. Constitution as determined by the Supreme Court. I worry for my kids, and I worry for your kids. I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back any time the criminals think they can get away with things. We just cannot let that happen.
Top image of Mayor Bloomberg addressing the media after Monday's stop-and-frisk ruling: Brendan McDermid/Reuters