First it was “Stop and Frisk,” a controversial policy that targets minorities in New York at unprecedented levels. You know, Racial profiling.
Now, Mayor Bloomberg wants to fingerprint the residents of public housing. Residents that just happen to be poor minorities.
In other words, Bloomsburg’s plan is to assume that minorities are all criminals, that way, when they commit their eventual crime, their information wiuld already be on file.
You know, you’re guilty until proven guilty.
Bloomberg’s latest crime-fighting idea had a lot of people riled up on Friday.
The mayor wants to fingerprint more than 600,000 people who live in public housing. He said it would be done to make the projects safer.
Bloomberg was responding to questions about Federal Judge Shira Schendlin’s ruling on the stop-and-frisk program when the topic shifted to security and the New York City Housing Authority. Bloomberg said there has to be a way to make the projects safer.
“Five percent of our population lives in NYCHA housing, 20 percent of the crime is in NYCHA housing – numbers like that. And we’ve just got to find some way to keep bringing crime down there. And we have a whole group of police officers assigned to NYCHA housing,” Bloomberg said. “The people that live there, 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?’”
But residents who live within the confines of NYCHA buildings said the mayor’s fingerprinting idea goes too far.
“That’s like invading someone’s privacy or something. Why you want to fingerprint somebody? It is bad enough you get arrested, you get finger printed, so why you want to fingerprint us? Now Bloomberg needs to get a job. Get out of here already. He’s done. Bloomberg is done,” Chelsea Houses resident Nino Alayon said.