DeBlasio Draws Heat for Protesting Trump at G-20 in Wake of Bronx Cop Slaying
Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting criticized for an international trip he has taken to Germany in the wake of the shooting death of an officer with the New York City Police Department in the Bronx. Officer Miosotis Familia, aged 48, was shot to death in her police car in the Bronx. Police are calling her death an ' unprovoked attack’.
The mayor has defended his trip to Germany stating that “city business” will continue as normal even if he’s not present. “All the issues that need to be attended to, I'm attending to every day, regardless of where I am,” he stated from the city of Hamburg to WNYC. Mayor de Blasio left New York City to take part in the international G20 economic summit. He’ll be making the keynote address at a rally being staged in protest to the summit. The situation has been described as “very tense” since there are numerous fights between police officers and demonstrators in the city regarding the summit.
Back in New York City, Mayor de Blasio is being taken to task for seemingly abandoning the city during potential crises regarding not only the death of Officer Familia but also the fact that homelessness in New York City has apparently increased by 40% from the last year. Several mayoral candidates and Republican party members in the city are making sure to take advantage of the situation and levy criticism at the Mayor for his actions, among them are Republican mayor candidate Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis from Staten Island, and Republican Chairman Ed Cox. Chairman Cox has even gone on to say, "Bill de Blasio is so derelict in his job of Mayor, he should give it up and let someone else take over his responsibilities and duties, permitting him to return to his full-time roots as a protester and political rabble-rouser. New Yorkers deserve so much better.”
The mayor has defended himself by saying that he was invited to go to Germany almost two weeks ago, but refrained from informing anybody after the police officer’s death. He made sure to attend Officer Familia’s funeral. He stated, “I feel so deeply for Officer Familia's family. I was in
the room when Commissioner O’Neill and I had to tell her 20-year-old daughter what had happened.” There is apparently a plan to place bullet-resistant glass in city vehicles like the one Officer Familia was in to protect police officers from shootings like this in the future. As far as the increase in the numbers of homeless people in New York, based on an annual survey known as the HOPE count, the mayor responded, “Look there's no question there is a problem there, even though I think that count was taken on a day that might have inflated the numbers a little bit because of weather. The central point is there's a problem and it's not a problem I'm going to ignore.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting criticized for an international trip he has taken to Germany in the wake of the shooting death of an officer with the New York City Police Department in the Bronx. Officer Miosotis Familia, aged 48, was shot to death in her police car in the Bronx. Police are calling her death an 'unprovoked attack’.