The anti-police protests and riots sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis have since spread nationwide, and have exposed the predominately Democrat leaders of those cities to be ineffectual in terms of dispersing angry, destructive, and sometimes violent mobs.
Among those weak leaders is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was caught calling for protests to remain peaceful and for people to remain off the streets just as his own daughter, Chiara, was arrested while demonstrating in Manhattan on Saturday, the New York Post reported.
Chiara de Blasio arrested
The mayor’s 25-year-old daughter reportedly joined a large group of protesters who took over the intersection of 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan on Saturday and was among those who refused to vacate the area after NYPD officers declared the gathering to be an unlawful assembly.
Chiara de Blasio, among others, allegedly continued to block traffic and maintain a presence in the intersection even after being asked repeatedly to leave, so she was arrested along with several others around 10:30 p.m. She was later released after receiving a court summons, according to CBS News.
An unnamed law enforcement source who shared the news of the arrest with the New York Post said of the incident’s location, “That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops. There were thousands of people in that area at that time.”
According to the Post’s source, the 25-year-old did not inform the arresting officers that she was the mayor’s daughter, though she did provide a home address on the city’s Upper East Side that turned out to be that of Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence.
Interestingly, just about an hour after his daughter was arrested — though it is unclear whether he was aware of the situation or not — Mayor de Blasio called for all of the protesters and rioters on the streets to “go home” during a news conference around 11:30 p.m.
“We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home,” the mayor said, according to The Hill. “If you went out peacefully to make a point about the need for change, you have been heard and change is coming in the city. I have no doubt about that. It’s time to go home so we can all move forward.”
Mayor defends daughter
Local ABC affiliate WABC reported that Chiara de Blasio was one of about 100 protesters who refused to leave the intersection when instructed and was one of roughly 345 people who were arrested across the city on Saturday night and into early Sunday morning.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mayor de Blasio on Monday defended the actions of his daughter and expressed his belief that she did nothing wrong, strongly implying that she had been wrongfully arrested for no real reason.
“She’s 25 years old, she did not inform Chirlane and I of her intention to get arrested,” the mayor said as he noted that, according to Chiara, she was “acting peacefully” and “everything she did was in the spirit of respectful protest.”
The mayor gave an emphatic “No” when asked if his daughter had done anything wrong, and though he expressed some shock at the arrest, he added, “I want to tell her how much I love and respect and admire her.”