Mayor Michael Bloomberg: What If NY Had Detroit's Murder Rate?

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg likes to deal in a lot  "what ifs."

While bragging Tuesday about the city's record low murder rate in 2012 -- 419 -- he gave some hypotheticals. Like what if New York were Detroit.

In a speech to the NYPD branch at Police One Plaza, he said:

" And if we had had Detroit’s murder rate, more than 4,500 New Yorkers would have been murdered last year instead of 419. That’s a factor of ten."

New York has about 11 times the population of Detroit, which recorded 411 homicides in 2012.

He didn't only pick on Detroit.

His speech also included what if New York were Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia. 

While we're at it, what if New York City were to send Detroit some of its roughly 35,000 cops to supplement Detroit's dearth of cops?

What if.... 

To read his speech, click here. -- A.L. 

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