A leaked audio was released last Monday which featured Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg defending his stop-and-frisk policies by claiming that law enforcement should target minorities “because that’s where all the crime is.”

The audio was recorded back in 2015 when Bloomberg made an appearance in the Aspen Institute. The recording was then released by podcast host Benjamin Dixon.


In Dixon’s tweet, Bloomberg said, “95% of your murders—murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city and that’s where the real crime is.”

Bloomberg continued that more law enforcement measures should be placed in minority communities.

“You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed,” Bloomberg continued. “You want to spend the money on a lot of cops in the streets. Put those cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods,” Bloomberg claimed.

The former New York City mayor also made a sweeping and violent generalization against minorities “So, one of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them. And then they start say[ing], ‘Oh I don’t want to get caught.’ So they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.”

Dixon also claimed that Bloomberg’s team had put an effort to block the footage from being released. The host referred to the statement made by The Aspen Times which read:

“Michael Bloomberg representatives have asked the Aspen Institute not to distribute footage of his recent appearance in Aspen, where the three-term New York City mayor made pointed comments concerning minorities and gun control. Both the Institute and GrassRoots TV, the organization that filmed the event, confirmed Thursday that they will not broadcast the footage online or on television as planned,” The Aspen Times reported. This was even confirmed by Aspen Institute’s chief external affairs officer Jim Spiegelman, “We basically honor the wishes of our speakers, and Mayor Bloomberg preferred that we not use the video for broadcast. He did not give a reason nor did we have any reason to ask for one. We often feature speakers who prefer that their presentations not be videotaped,” Spiegelman said.

The explosive audio recording had also incited a negative reaction from Bloomberg’s fellow Democrat presidential nominee.

As Bernie Sanders’ National Press Secretary tweeted “This should be playing on mainstream news channels as frequently as the ads with which billionaire Bloomberg has saturated the market.”