NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The two lawyers at a nonprofit who appeared in an anti-police music video called “Hands Up” have resigned from the legal agency, according to the mayor’s office.
A city investigation found that attorneys – their salaries paid for with city tax dollars – participated in the video and allowed The Bronx Defenders’ offices to be used in the filming despite knowing the song’s message. The Bronx public defenders who appeared were identified as Kumar Rao and Ryan Napoli.READ MORE: Timeline: Snow Expected To Blanket The Tri-State Area Thursday Morning
Rao sent a resignation to the Bronx Defenders on Friday. His lawyer announced the resignation Wednesday. Rao says in the letter he is “heartbroken” to leave the agency. He regrets his involvement with the video and said he should have better vetted and put in writing that Bronx Defenders would have the right to edit.