NEW YORK (AP) – Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reversing his longstanding support of the controversial â€œstop and friskâ€ police strategy ahead of a potential Democratic presidential run.
Addressing a black church in Brooklyn, Bloomberg says of the practice that often led to the disproportionate detaining of blacks and Latinos that he â€œcanâ€™t change historyâ€ but he now realizes â€œI was wrong.â€
Bloomberg says if anyone was wrongly stopped by police, â€œI apologize.â€
The â€œstop and friskâ€ practice gave police wide authority to detain people they suspected of committing a crime. Bloomberg aggressively pursued the tactic when he first took over as mayor in 2002.
Bloomberg told the congregation Sunday that he wants to earn back the trust of black and Latino communities.