In an interview on 1010 WINS, the commissioner said the controversial policing practice is needed for finding illegal weapons and getting them out of local neighborhoods.READ MORE: Coroner Confirms Remains Found Are Gabby Petito's, Says Manner Of Death Is A Homicide As Search Resumes For Brian Laundrie
“It’s something that we still employ. It helps us get weapons off the street. It helps keep the city safe, but it has to be used correctly, and obviously it has to be used constitutionally,” O’Neill said.
The vote of confidence for stop-and-frisk comes days after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – once an outspoken supporter of the strategy – came out against it.READ MORE: 7 Pedestrians Hurt After Being Struck By A Vehicle In The Bronx; Hunt Continues For Driver, Passenger
On Sunday Bloomberg – who has filed papers allowing him to run for president in 2020 – publicly apologized for his past defense of stop-and-frisk.
Addressing a black church in Brooklyn, Bloomberg said the practice often led to the disproportionate detaining of blacks and Latinos. He added that he “can’t change history” but now realizes “I was wrong.”MORE NEWS: Blind Brook Board Meeting Gets Heated Over Continued Closure Of Ridge Street Elementary School
O’Neill, who served as an NYPD chief during Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor, will step down as commissioner next month. Dermot Shea will replace him as the city’s top cop.