NYC Mayor Bloomberg Says Public Housing Residents Should Be Fingerprinted
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is catching some major backlash over recent comments that he made suggesting that NYC public housing residents face finger-printing requirements to enter their buildings as a way to cut down on crime in their areas.
via USA Today
Some civil rights advocates are reeling after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on a radio show Friday morning that public housing residents should be fingerprinted.
The mayor said on WOR Radio that making such a move would help curb crime in the city’s housing projects. He also said locks at many of the city’s public housing residences are broken and this allows anyone to come and go.
“What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in,” Bloomberg said during a weekly discussion with the station’s John Gambling. “We’ve just got to find some ways to keep bringing down crime there.”
The comments come days after the mayor vowed to appeal a judge’s decision to order a review of the city’s stop-and-frisk policy — a measure heavily pushed by Bloomberg that gives law enforcement wide latitude in stopping people it deems suspicious. Civil rights advocates have complained that minority men are unfairly targeted by the policy and the issue has pitted Bloomberg against major organizations such as the NAACP.
First stop and frisk, and now finger printing to get into your own home?? This sounds more than a little suspect to us unless Mayor Bloomberg is planning to implement this procedure throughout NYC and not just limit it to ‘public housing,’ where it’s no secret that blacks and latinos are the majority.
What’s your take on this, Bossip fam?