By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter insists he’s still on good terms with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, despite Bloomberg taking a verbal shot at Nutter’s crime-fighting efforts.
At issue is the controversial police tactic known as stop-and-frisk. The Nutter Administration last year agreed to restrictions on the tactic under a consent decree reached after the city was sued.
The New York Times on Thursday opined that Mayor Michael Bloomberg should follow Philadelphia’s example.
Bloomberg responded that Philadelphia’s consent decree has actually caused a rise in crime, including murder.
“Why would any rational person want to trade what we have here for the situation in Philadelphia? More murders, higher crime — is that what the Times wants?”‘
Mayor Nutter disputes Bloomberg’s claim.
“We see no correlation whatsoever between the signing of the consent decree and what’s going on in the streets of this city. The criminals are not paying attention to the signing of any consent decree.”
And Nutter insists there’s no ill will between the two mayors.
“He and I have the most friendly and warm relationship. He’s a big, big supporter of mine.”