NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Says He Taught Son Not to Move Suddenly or Reach for Cell Phone Around Police Officers; Police Union Chief Calls Comments “Moronic”

BILL DE BLASIO FOR MAYOR Bill de Blasio and his son Dante appeared in a campaign commercial last year.
Bill de Blasio and his son Dante appeared in a campaign commercial last year.

The mayor, who is white, appeared on ABC’s ‘This Week’ and talked about what he and wife Chirlane McCray, who is black, have told their 17-year-old biracial son Dante about interacting with the police, which included not reaching for a cellphone because it ‘might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color,’ by police. The comments came after a grand jury decided not indict a white cop in the choking death of Eric Garner, who is black, in Staten Island.

Mayor de Blasio made “moronic” comments Sunday that prove he “doesn’t belong” in New York, a key police union chief said, further inflaming the war of words between Hizzoner and the NYPD.

The comments from Ed Mullins, head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, came after de Blasio reiterated his concern that his son, Dante, could be harmed by a police officer if he were to make any sudden movements in a hypothetical encounter with cops.

“What parents have done for decades who have children of color, especially young men of color, is train them to be very careful when they have …an encounter with a police officer,” de Blasio said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Mullins ripped right into de Blasio later in the day, calling his comments “really hypocritical and moronic” and suggesting the mayor get out of his own city.

“He has a security detail of New York City police officers assigned to protect his family. And yet he’s making statements that his son shouldn’t feel safe with New York City cops,” Mullins said on John Catsimatidis’ radio show on AM970.

“Ultimately, if this individual who’s in charge of running this city doesn’t have faith in his own son being protected by the NYPD, he may want to think about moving out of New York City completely. He just doesn’t belong here.”

De Blasio, who is white, gave some details of the conversations he and his wife, Chirlane, who is black, have had with their 17-year-old son, who is a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School.

“With Dante, very early on, we said, ‘Look, if a police officer stops you, do everything he tells you to do. Don’t move suddenly. Don’t reach for your cellphone,’” said deBlasio. “Because we knew, sadly, there’s a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color.”

The mayor’s remarks echoed comments he made earlier after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a white cop who killed a black suspect with a chokehold.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
Erin Durkin

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