New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been criticized by both the local community and law enforcement officials for his response to the George Floyd protests.
Now, he has more even problems after his daughter, Chiara de Blasio, was arrested in Manhattan during demonstrations this weekend, according to Fox News.
According to Mayor de Blasio, his daughter did nothing wrong.
The story he told the media was that his daughter was peacefully protesting when she was arrested. “She was very clear that she believed she was following the instructions of police officers and doing what they were asking,” the mayor said, according to Fox.
The mayor further stated that his daughter had participated in previous protests as well with no incident.
Reports suggest otherwise
According to a law enforcement source however, Chiara was blocking traffic, and she refused to move when instructed to do so by the police.
A police source also stated that the area where de Blasio’s daughter was located was considered one of the most significant protest hot spots in the city, where “people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops,” Fox reported.
Considering the history of friction between de Blasio and the police, the NYPD had no problem trumpeting the arrest all over social media, a move the mayor called “unconscionable.”
The NYPD Sergeant’s Benevolent Association Union Twitter account posted, “How can the NYPD protect the city of NY from rioting anarchist when the Mayor’s object-throwing daughter is one of them. Now we know why he is forbidding Mounted units to be mobilized and keeping the NYPD from doing their jobs.”
The tweet was later deleted.
This situation will almost certainly produce even more hostility between de Blasio and police in his city, and will likely attract greater criticism over the mayor’s handling of the riots over the past week.
New York continues to be one of the cities hardest hit by recent unrest, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has imposed a curfew for the Big Apple on Monday, the first time such action has been taken in the city since 1943, according to Gothamist.