Relations between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and a police union have been bad for a long time. They just got worse. This time it stems from the weekend arrest of the mayor's 25-year-old daughter, Chiara, at the George Floyd protests. According to a police report cited by the New York Post, she was arrested Saturday night after police say she and others refused orders to disperse from a Manhattan street. The followup:
- Union's move: An NYPD union called the Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted an image of the arrest report, which included personal information including height, weight, address, etc., reports Gizmodo. The department usually doesn't release such reports, notes the New York Times, and in this case, the tweet violated Twitter's privacy rules. The union's page was temporarily suspended on Monday.
- The slam: The original SBA tweet wondered how police could protect people from "anarchists" when “the mayor’s object-throwing daughter is one of them.” However, as the Times notes, nothing in the arrest report accuses Chiara of throwing anything. She was issued a court summons and released after her arrest.
- Mayor defends: "I trust my daughter," the mayor said Monday, per NBC News. "She's an incredibly good human being (and) not someone who would ever commit any violence." The mayor said his daughter "believes she was following the instructions of police officers and doing what they were asking. I'm going to let her speak for herself." He added that he didn't know she was arrested until a reporter asked him about it.
- Back and forth: “The SBA did something unconscionable, and it’s not just because it’s my daughter,” said the mayor. “They do this all the time with people’s privacy.” But SBA chief Ed Mullins also had more to say, particularly about the mayor's refusal to allow mounted units on the streets. “The message was that cops are being pelted with rocks, cars are being set on fire, and our police department is being held back,” he tells the Times. "Is that why you’re tying our hands, because your daughter is out there? This needs to be looked at.”
- Curfew? Also Monday, the mayor said he was considering the idea of a curfew for New York, though Police Commissioner Dermot Shea sounded skeptical people would obey it, reports the AP.
- Clarifying: The mayor has been taking much flak over his response to complaints about NYPD behavior amid the protests, including video of a police vehicle plowing into protesters and another of an officer pointing his weapon at people. On Monday, de Blasio talked tougher. “There is no situation where a police vehicle should drive into a crowd of protesters,” he said. “It is dangerous, it is unacceptable." Initially, he put the blame on protesters for "attacking that vehicle," a stance that led to calls for his resignation, reports Fox News. In the second incident, the mayor said Monday that he had temporarily removed the officer's gun and badge while an investigation continues.
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