In a pugnacious defense of what he called a police force bombarded by politics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out Tuesday at critics of the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk practice and surveillance programs.
“The NYPD is under attack,” the mayor said in a speech that lauded the department for lower crime rates, raised the specter of terrorism and excoriated supporters of legislation that would rein in stop and frisk. He also was critical of mayoral candidates, the media and legal groups that have sued over the practice.
“Stop playing politics with public safety. Look at what’s happened in Boston. Remember what happened here on 9/11. Remember all of those who have been killed by gun violence and the families they left behind,” Bloomberg said. “We owe it to all of them to give our officers all the tools they need to protect innocent lives, or people will needlessly die, and we’ll all be responsible.”
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