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Former Republican New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg was recorded at the Aspen Institute in 2015 strongly defending the racially targeted policing that he imposed on New York City.

Click here to listen to the audio and to sign a petition asking him to fund racial justice groups instead of his presidential campaign.

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Bloomberg's statement on the audio tape includes this:

"One of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes. That’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. . . And the ways you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them."


Here is our petition:

Michael Bloomberg,
We urge you to cease funding your presidential campaign, and to instead donate the same amount of money to racial justice groups such as the Innocence Project, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the ACLU Racial Justice Program, and Black Lives Matter.


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-- The RootsAction.org Team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

Background:
>> New York Times: "Bloomberg’s Blunt Defense of Stop-and-Frisk Policy Draws Scrutiny"
>> ThinkProgress: "Mayor Bloomberg: NYPD 'Stops Whites Too Much and Minorities Too Little'"   
>> The Intercept: "Mike Bloomberg Claims He Cut Stop-and-Frisk By 95 Percent – After Increasing It Seven Fold"

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