By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS AND ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is expressing regret for the impact his hard-line policing tactics had on minorities during his time as New York City’s mayor. During a meeting with advocates of reform in Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday, he pledged to focus on criminal justice reform if he’s elected president. Bloomberg touted the decline in homicides and crime during his time as mayor but acknowledged the use of controversial policing tactics like stop and frisk had a “negative impact” on the lives of average New Yorkers. The billionaire served as mayor from 2002 to 2013.
Thanks to Mayor @ChokweALumumba for bringing a roundtable of community leaders together in Jackson, MS to talk about our criminal justice system. Together, we can tackle our problems and build a society that works for everyone. pic.twitter.com/WB3N6AFnmM
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) December 3, 2019