NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was furious Thursday, after revelations that attorneys with The Bronx Defenders, a city-funded legal-aid organization, participated in a rap video advocating the killings of police officers.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, the video has made Mayor Bill de Blasio’s temper flare up. He wants disciplinary action against a group of public defenders who helped in making the video. The mayor spelled it out in an exclusive interview.
“If any of the employees are doing something that goes against all of our values — that suggests something horrible — violence against police – there have to be real consequences,” de Blasio said.
The film was released in December, just two weeks before the murders of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
“There can be nothing that suggests any violence towards officers,” de Blasio said. “That’s absolutely unacceptable. It’s heinous. It’s reprehensible. It can’t happen.”