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De Blasio Staffers Protest Admin’s Handling of George Floyd Demonstrations

Hundreds of current and former staff at City Hall this morning to protest de Blasio’s handling of peaceful protests against police brutality last week (CityWorkers4Justice Twitter)

June 8, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Hundreds of City Hall employees held a rally downtown this morning to protest the way Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD have handled the demonstrations over the past week.

The de Blasio staffers, consisting of both current and former employees, assembled at City Hall Park and demanded that their boss enact concrete reforms to the NYPD and decried the violence officers inflicted on peaceful protesters they witnessed firsthand.

“We expect better. We demand better,” said Catherine Almonte, a former executive assistant to the mayor. “We are demanding radical change now to keep Black New Yorkers alive.”

De Blasio and the NYPD have come under fire for their handling of peaceful protests in New York City following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

Critics say the mayor has all but ignored reports and videos of officers closing in and arresting peaceful protesters for violating the 8 p.m. curfew he enacted last week. They are upset that the mayor has allegedly come to the defense of the NYPD despite video evidence showing peaceful protesters being hit with batons and subject to other violence.

One former staffer at the march this morning described her own arrest for breaking the mayor’s curfew during a protest in Brooklyn.

She said she was taken to a local precinct and questioned by FBI agents along with two young men of color, who weren’t participating in the protest when they were arrested.

“Their arrests were every bit as arbitrary as those under stop and frisk,” said former staffer Hannah Shaw of the mayor’s office of economic opportunity.

De Blasio revoked the 8 p.m. curfew Sunday, a day earlier than it was set to expire. He also pledged to divert funds from the NYPD to youth and social services yesterday — but refused to give an exact amount at a press conference in Brooklyn this morning.

The coalition of former and current staffers want to see the NYPD budget slashed by $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2021, which begins July 1. They want the funds to be reallocated to essential social services, like housing support and rental relief, food assistance and health care.

More than 400 of the staffers penned an open letter to de Blasio last Wednesday, listing their demands for greater police reforms. There are now more than 1,000 signatures on the letter, organizers said.

They said de Blasio’s reforms announced Sunday fall short of real change.

“Despite these symbolic gestures and platitudes, his own words contradict his calls for reform,” the organizers wrote in a press release. “The Mayor’s minimization of the NYPD’s handling of this current crisis is an insult to New Yorkers who continue to  experience violence at the hands of the NYPD.”

They are calling for the immediate firing of NYPD officers found to have used excessive force or to have covered their badge numbers at protests.

De Blasio attempted to dismiss the protest this morning by claiming it was mostly former staffers.

“Look, there’s a very big difference between former staff and current staff,” he said at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “Current staff, we had a good conversation yesterday… I want to hear their concerns.”


However, he added that his office has more work to do to enact police reform measures to the NYPD.

“We’ve got work to do. There’s no question,” de Blasio said. “And I said to my team we’re going to do that work.”

 

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Darwin was right

If you voted for this clown (twice!), then you’re an imbecile and you get what you deserve.

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A 75-year old man was shoved to the ground by NY police, and left lying in a pool of his own blood.

Trump attacked the victim on Twitter. That bothers you I’m sure, because you care so much about senior citizens. Otherwise your hypocritical words are meaningless.

Were Cuomo or nursing homes mentioned in the article? No? Uh…copy and paste this on a different one?

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Two NY police officers shoved a 75-year-old to the concrete, where he laid motionless in a pool of his blood

Trump praised the police and attacked the man, calling him an “antifa provacateur!” 😂

de Blaze

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#hipstersaredumb

Have you worked a day in your life, you old marxist? Naah, did not think so.

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Hipster jokes? Is it 2006 already?

Say something about skinny jeans next it will be really creative

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rikki

Remember Floyd was turning his life around by driving serious violent felons around passing fake money

Mr Hall — who had outstanding warrants for his arrest on felony possession of a firearm, felony domestic assault and felony drug possession — provided a false name to officers at the scene of Floyd’s arrest, according to a Minnesota official.

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They are protesting police murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes while he screamed "I can't breathe"

Rikki the Racist I agree, he was murdered by police. He had committed crime before too.

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Amy

Yes..2020 will most certainly be a Year we all are going to remember…and we are only halfway..damn!!! Changes are coming. The people are tired of being picked on and abused by the NYPD and old white males in office. Joe Biden better pick a person of color for Vice president if he wants people to come out and vote for him in Nov!

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Maritza

Newsflash de Blasio, NYPD, the largest gang in the nation will never like you. Go out strong and hold these thugs in blue and their enabling Union accountable.

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Abigail

Cuomo & de Blasio have been overseeing a thug police force, they have a lot to answer for.

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Jill

Wake up people these type of protests are becoming trendy. With massive budget cuts many people need to do something to appeal to what they believe the public wants to see and hear. I am sure the Mayor will praise them soon and ask them to get tested for the virus. With social media and personal online platforms everyone thinks they are a celebrity.

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Ministry of Truth

I’m organizing a protest to protest all of these protests.

Who’s with me?

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They are protesting police murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes while he screamed "I can't breathe"

You’re…against protesting that?!

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Cato

Hahah I love how the progressives are just cannibalizing themselves. Like good Marxists should.

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Featherstone

That many people in current staff out protesting? I thought they were supposed to be working from home.

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"Get a job, hippies!"

Is there a more tired rant? hOw cAn yOu wOrK AnD PrOtEsT At tHe sAmE TiMe?!

Maybe because Trump caused the nation’s highest unemployment rate in history, they’ve got some free time?

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