Bloomberg had a temper tantrum at his press conference over that ruling, as well as at the City Council for passing a law providing oversight for the NYPD:
At a press conference littered with grisly imagery, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ripped apart a federal court ruling today that found current stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional.
“This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge that does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the Constitution as determined by the Supreme Court,” Mr. Bloomberg said at a jam-packed City Hall event with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at his side.
“I worry for my kids and I worry for your kids and I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back at any time,” he warned.
Mr. Bloomberg vowed to appeal the ruling, handed down by Judge Shira Scheindlin, which found that the NYPD adopted a policy of “indirect racial profiling” by targeting blacks and Latinos in far higher numbers than other groups. Ms. Scheindlin’s ruling, if upheld, would place the NYPD under federal oversight, a development that Mr. Bloomberg called “disturbing.”
When asked if stop-and-frisk would continue to be implemented during the appeal process and potentially into the next mayoralty, the term-limited Bloomberg bluntly implied it would.
“Boy, I hope so,” he answered. “I wouldn’t want to be responsible for a lot of people dying.”
Maybe if you had a police commissioner who didn't brag about how he wants every black man in the city to be in fear that he will be stopped by the NYPD at any time for any reason, the NYPD wouldn't now be subject to federal oversight.
In this case, NYPD overreach + Bloomberg/Kelly arrogance = federal oversight.
Bloomberg and Kelly have dismissed concerns over stop-and-frisk for years.
Bloomberg figured he had more money than God and no one would dare challenge his policy.
Now Mikey discovers that some judges actually don't care about his money.
They care about the Constitution.