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Mayor Bloomberg Defends Police Response To Times Square Pole Sitter

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg commented Friday about the police response to a man who climbed up a traffic light pole in Times Square earlier this week.

Speaking on his weekly radio show, Bloomberg said that police allowing Raymond Velasquez to stay up on the pole for hours Tuesday wasn’t “the world’s worst thing,” despite the fact that it brought traffic to a standstill.

“It’s a judgement call, it’s easy for us to sit there and make fun of it and say, ‘you know, I would’ve done it differently,'” Bloomberg said.

The mayor said that while people may have been “inconvenienced,” the most important thing was that “nobody got hurt.”

Bloomberg also dismissed the notion that authorities should have done something more drastic to get Velasquez down from the pole.

“If they taser somebody, you can die,” he said.

According to authorities, Velasquez, an aspiring rapper, told police he wanted to meet singer Alicia Keys and wouldn’t come down unless she came to see him. The court complaint against the man said that he later told authorities the whole incident was “just a publicity stunt.”

Velasquez was taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. He was arraigned Wednesday on charges including reckless endangerment.

SOUND-OFF: Well, Was It The World’s Worst Thing?  Agree With Mayor Bloomberg?  Share Your Thoughts In The Comments Section Below…


One Comment

  1. M.A.D says:

    Seriously, nobody cares!!!

  2. simon goldfarb says:

    We at the UJF are formally asking the Mayor to abdicate. He has ruined our religion and our city.

  3. nathan says:

    No shortage of internet tuff guys here today as usual. Hows the view from Mommy’s basement? How about some Call of Duty and A Red Bull when you’re done bro?

    1. Steve says:


    2. DanTe says:

      The only internet tuff guy I see is you trying to imply everyone else is a wuss. Come out of your mommy’s bedroom and show us the tuff stuff than.

  4. Greg says:

    Of course the last time the cops shot someone all the bleeding heart libs stomred 1 pp in protest…boo hoo….

    im sure there were some jerkoff libs at the scene telling the cops not shoot him..he is only expressing himself..

    what a joke of a city…

  5. Nick says:

    So how many people were inconvenienced by all traffic being stopped for this one jerk off? Just shoot the jerk off the pole and let sanitation clean up the road kill.

    1. eli says:

      haha thats funnny

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