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Mayor Bill de Blasio may be one of the most petty politicians in the country.
He’s done almost everything in his power to pander to Black Lives Matter radicals while trashing the NYPD.
Most recently, he successfully slashed $1 billion in funding from the NYPD with the help of the city council.
Now, the city is officially set to begin painting a Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower in Fifth Avenue.
It’s clearly a move on the mayor’s part to disrespect President Trump.
Here’s the details from the New York Post on the mural:
New York City will begin painting a large Black Lives Matter mural along Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower on Thursday, sources told The Post.
Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to attend the project at some point as well, the sources said. The lettering will stretch between 56th and 57th streets right in front of Trump’s Manhattan high-rise.
The mayor had planned to start work on the mural last week but postponed the painting a day after President Trump condemned the idea as a “symbol of hate.”
“NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets last Wednesday morning.
“Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street,” Trump went on. “Spend this money fighting crime instead!”
De Blasio pushed back later that morning, tweeting, “The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism.”
“Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation,” the mayor added. “Your “luxury” came from THEIR labor, for which they have never been justly compensated. We are honoring them.”
Check out reactions to the mural on Twitter:
How might the whole "defund the police" movement be going for NYC?
According to Gothamist, murders and shootings in the city are soaring at astronomical rates:
Shootings continue soar in NYC in recent weeks, with a 130 percent increase in shootings for the month of June. The Fourth of July weekend was particularly violent, with 44 shooting incidents involving 63 victims alone—up from 16 shootings and 21 people shot, respectively, during the same time period last year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio promised Monday to double down on neighborhood policing to reduce the shootings, blaming the uptick on a lack of employment due to the pandemic.
"Everything has been thrown off by the coronavirus," de Blasio said. "Let's be clear. People aren't going to work. People aren't going to school. Everything's been disrupted. And most notably our court system is not functioning and it has to, but the message is the same. We are going to fight crime wherever we find it."
On Sunday alone, there were 30 incidents and 48 victims of gun violence, the NYPD confirmed. Just after midnight, police said 20-year-old Jose Cepeda was fatally shot in East New York. About 4:20 a.m., a 19-year-old died from a gunshot wound in his chest in East Flatbush, and a 27-year-old was injured. A 40-year-old man was fatally shot in Brownsville less than an hour later.
About 5:50 p.m. Sunday, 29-year-old Brooklynite Anthony Robinson was fatally shot in the chest in the Bronx. Robinson was crossing the street, holding hands with a small girl when a passenger shot at him out the window of a passing car. Those shooting incidents are just among a few from the day amid a citywide surge—205 shooting incidents were counted in June this year, up from 89 in June 2019. Homicides overall are up 30 percent, from 30 to 39 murders in June 2019 and 2020, respectively, new NYPD statistics show.
"We particularly saw a concentration of shootings in Upper Manhattan, particularly in Harlem and Manhattan North command," de Blasio said. "This is something we have to double down on to address." De Blasio blamed "dislocation" from the pandemic—though Chief of Department Terence Monahan and Commissioner Dermot Shea fault bail reform, releases from Rikers Island due to the coronavirus, and the animosity towards police.
"It’s a combination of things. Bail reform. Covid releases from prison. Court shutdown, which has Rikers half of where they were last year with the population," Monahan said during a press briefing on Monday. "The animosity towards police out there is tremendous." He added, "Their morale is low."
Apparently Mayor de Blasio is too busy planning his mural to care if New Yorkers have to worry about getting shot when they leave their homes.
Check out the following report on the planned BLM mural: