Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Tuesday said he doesn't see how presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, who followed Giuliani for three terms as mayor, can run away from his embrace of the controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy.
"He was a passionate supporter of it," Giuliani told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "He even asked me to write a letter, an amicus brief, in support of it."
Giuliani and his associates put the stop and frisk policy in place. It allows police officers to stop people on the spot to search them for drugs, weapons and other contraband and has come under fire from critics who say the policy allows police to profile blacks and Hispanics.
Giuliani defended how the policy had been used under his own administration and denied that it was racist.
“Our statistics were perfect,” Giuliani said. “We were following, not race, we were following complaints...why did we search 70% African-American males? We did it because 75% of our complaints were of African-American males who committed violent crimes...most of the people that told us the race of the suspected criminal was black were black people because it’s about 80% black-on-black crime.”
But Bloomberg changed the program, Giuliani claimed, as the stops went from 100,000 to 600,000 people.
"You just can't make a stop, which is what it became," said the former mayor.
But meanwhile, police officers shouldn't be put in place where there is no crime, said Giuliani, adding that the policy under him was "statistical."
"If there were 50 complaints against whites that day, then the police officers would go look for whites," he said. "I say the statistical thing is stupid. If you go by statistics and you want to be fair, 53% of the time we should search women because they make up 53% of the population."
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