Michael Bloomberg addressed comments he made five years ago, defending New York’s controversial stop and frisk policing policy.
It was widely criticized for targeting minorities almost exclusively.
In a speech back in 2015, Bloomberg defended the practice, blaming 95-percent of the murders in the city on young male minorities.
“I don’t think those words reflect what, how I led the most diverse city in the nation,” argued Bloomberg. “And I apologized for the practice and the pain that it caused.”
“But why did you say it,” asked a reporter.
“It was five years ago. And, you know, it’s just not the way that I think and it doesn’t reflect what I do every day. I led the most populous, largest city in the United States and got re-elected three time. The public seemed to like what I do.”
Bloomberg’s statements reportedly happened during a speech he gave in Colorado five years ago.
It was posted on Twitter Monday.