Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg’s response to leaked audio from a 2015 speech in which he defended the Big Apple’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy.
“People’s lives were ruined. So are those folks going to get their records expunged? With a tweet? They’re not,” the progressive darling told reporters Wednesday on Capitol Hill of the billionaire’s apology, adding, “So I think that we need something a little bit more than that.”
AOC, who endorsed fellow Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), added that the controversial policing policy was personal to her.
“That was my family. And that was my community. And that was my neighborhood,” she said, declining to elaborate on which, if any, members of her family were victims of the policy.
A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
The billionaire former NYC mayor could be heard in the leaked audio saying, “Ninety-five percent of murders, murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops.
“They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city (inaudible),” he added.
Bloomberg apologized Tuesday for the comments, saying, “This issue and my comments about it do not reflect my commitment to criminal justice reform and racial equity.”
The controversy doesn’t seem to be hurting the 2020 hopeful with some minority lawmakers: Three members of the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed him on Wednesday in a show of strength for the candidate.
Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) and Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) each made no mention of stop-and-frisk or the leaked audio scandal in their endorsement announcements for Bloomberg, instead focusing on issues of electability, economic growth, his philanthropic efforts and his fight for gun control.
“We need someone in the White House who will unite us behind the common purpose of rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and driving our economy forward into the 21st century,” Meeks said in his announcement.
“I first met Mike when I was searching for ways to fight against the dangerous gun laws that ripped my son from my life,” McBath said in her statement.
“Mike gave grieving mothers like me a way to stand up and fight back. Nobody running for president has done more for the gun violence prevention movement than Mike.”