NYC Mayor Bloomberg Dislikes His Own Micromanagement Tactics When Turned Against Him
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently doesn’t like it when others employ his own nanny-state tactics against him. In his remarks yesterday after a federal court ruled the NYPD’s “Stop, Question and Frisk” policy unconstitutional, Bloomberg used some awfully sloppy and ironic language, considering his infamous habit of micromanaging citizens’ Second Amendment rights, their soft drink choices, their salt intake and so on:
“Let’s be clear. People have a right to walk down the street without being targeted by police. And we have a duty to uphold that right, which is why I’ve signed a law banning racial profiling, and it’s why the NYPD has intensified its training around Stop-Question-Frisk.
But people also have a right to walk down the street without being killed or mugged. And for those rights to be protected, we have to give the members of our Police Department the tools they need to do their jobs without being micromanaged and second-guessed every day by a judge or a monitor.”
I certainly agree with Bloomberg that yesterday’s decision was incorrect, unwise and not supported by the applicable law or facts. That said, it would be nice if he would practice what he suddenly preaches. Hopefully, this moment will serve as a corrective for his own micromanagement inclination while the court decision itself heads down the road toward reversal.