AOC Blasts NYC Mayor de Blasio Over Police Officers Driving Through Crowds
Protests and demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd have been erupting all over the country. New York City is no exception. Video from a Saturday night protest showed two police vehicles driving into a crowd after being pelted by debris.
Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to take the side of the officers. His excuses, however, failed to hold water with another New York City lawmaker. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ripped into the Mayor saying that the officer’s actions are never acceptable.
The congresswoman tweeted at the Mayor Saturday night, “Your comments tonight were unacceptable. As mayor, this police department is under your leadership. This moment demands leadership & accountability from each of us. Defending and making excuses for NYPD running SUVs into crowds was wrong. Make it right. De-escalate.”
Ocasio-Cortez, clearly frustrated with the mayor, followed that up with another tweet which read, “Running SUVs in crowds of people should never, ever be normalized. No matter who does it, no matter why.”
Running SUVs in crowds of people should never, ever be normalized. No matter who does it, no matter why.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 31, 2020
At a Sunday press conference, though, it did not seem that the Mayor would not be taking the congresswoman’s advice. He told assembled reporters, “I’ve seen that video and I’ve obviously heard about a number of other instances. It’s inappropriate for protesters to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers. That’s wrong on its face, and that hasn’t happened in the history of protests in the city.”
de Blasio continued, “In a situation like that, it’s a very, very tense situation. And imagine what it would be like, you’re just trying to do your job and then you see hundreds of people converging upon you.”