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Dr Cornel West Criticizes Michael Bloomberg for Controversial Stop-and-Frisk Policing Policy

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Dr Cornel West, the political activist and Harvard professor, criticized Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg for his stop-and-frisk policing policy while speaking to Bernie Sanders supporters in New Hampshire on February 11.

West said he went to jail in 2011 over the controversial policy, a New York Police Department practice of temporarily detaining and searching people on the street, which Bloomberg oversaw while mayor of the city between 2002 and 2013.

West was convicted, along with 19 other protesters, of disorderly conduct after the group was arrested at a stop-and-frisk protest. He and 18 of the others were sentenced to time served for the relatively brief period they were in custody after their arrests, the New York Times reported.

“We had a two-week trial, they tried to send us to jail for 90 days,” West told a small crowd of Sanders supporters in New Hampshire. “Bloomberg said, ‘We defend our policy, these troublemakers ought to be treated accordingly.’”

West added: “And then as soon as he runs he says, I apologize….” referring to Bloomberg’s public apology for comments he made in defense of the policy.

“He was gonna just buy this campaign after all of this work – no way, uh-uh – we are gonna be democratic and intense in our struggle,” West added.

West was among a star-studded lineup of speakers and guests at Sanders’s rally the previous night, including Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, actor Cynthia Nixon, and New York rock band The Strokes. Credit: @eligerzon via Storyful