Rev. Al Sharpton demanded an apology from New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg during a press conference on Saturday, according to the Daily News. On his weekly radio show, the mayor recently defended the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, saying, “I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”
“The tone that has been set by that remark not only polarizes the city, it gives a false sense to police that they can step over the line,” Sharpton told a Harlem news conference.
Bloomberg needs to “clarify or apologize” for the Friday statements on the controversial policing policy, the veteran civil rights activist and MSNBC host said.
The mayor, on his weekly radio show, responded to critics who point to the high percentage of blacks and Hispanics stopped by police as proof that minorities are unfairly targeted.
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