It’s not the first time Michael Bloomberg has apologized for his “stop and frisk” policies. It won’t be the last time, either, especially when he joins the debate stage in Nevada, where his Democratic primary opponents are licking their chops at the opportunity to hammer him over it. Bloomberg’s doing his best to pre-empt the attacks with a public mea culpa, as he did last night, but still referring to an “abuse” of the process rather than the policy itself:
Mike Bloomberg apologizes for "abuse of…stop and frisk," saying he "should've acted sooner and faster to stop it."
— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2020
Bloomberg actually began apologizing for it in November, when he began the process of running for the Democratic nomination. When visiting a predominantly African-American church in Brooklyn three months ago, Bloomberg cited improving crime statistics for a kind of blindness as to the personal impact the policy had on civil rights: