Stop-and-Frisk and Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy

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As the city considers appealing a judge's decision that stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional, Mayor Bloomberg continues to defend the tactic as vehemently as ever.

Bloomberg blasted a judge's ruling ordering an independent monitor to oversee the NYPD's reforms of stop-and-frisk. At a news conference Monday afternoon, the mayor called that ruling "dangerous," and a threat to the city's safety.

"If somebody pulls and gun, and you want to get home to your family, you don't have time to say, 'well now wait a second, the commissioner said one thing, the monitor said another and the I.G. [inspector general] said another,'" the mayor said. "By that time, you're dead."

A very emotional Bloomberg, who uses strong, angry language when he opposes something, is nothing new.

"He's, you know, fighting for his legacy, even though he wouldn't put it in those terms," said Chris Smith, contributing editor for New York magazine. "That under his watch...something higher than 7,000 people are alive who wouldn't otherwise be, and he's proud of that. And he's proud of the cops in the streets who've taken guns away from bad guys."

To hear Host Janet Babin's full conversation with Chris Smith, click on the audio above.