Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bloomberg: Fingerprint NYC Public Housing Residents

Following a federal judge's rejection of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has another crime-fighting idea that impinges on the civil liberties of minorities: fingerprint the city's 620,000 public housing residents. Stating that 5 percent of the city's population lives in public housing while 20 percent of the crime takes place there, the mayor commented on his weekly radio show, “The people that live [in public housing], most of them, want more police protection. They want more people. If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say: ‘Who are you, why are you here?' ...What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in, and of course there’s an allegation that some of these apartments aren’t occupied by the people who originally have the lease.” Public housing residents were angered; one commented, "Why? For what? We live here all these years. This is not jail." Watch:

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