7:39 am Sep. 6, 2011
Mayor Bloomberg wanted to turn the conversation away from the Stephen Goldsmith controversy and onto initiatives like his ongoing crusade against illegal guns, waged alongside his steadfastly popular police commissioner Ray Kelly. But the story the mayor got may not treat him any better than the last one.
The detainment of City Councilman Jumaane Williams and a top aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will only invite more questions about police conduct, and give more fuel to the mayor's critics.
Footage of a police officer tripping Kirsten John Foy, a top aide to the public advocate and former aide of the Rev. Al Sharpton, is likely to get replayed endlessly, even after whatever public admonishment is administered to the NYPD personnel who were involved.
The New York Daily News dubbed New York "Bullet City." [Tumblr]
"The incident came amid several shootings Monday, including one just a few blocks away from a Brooklyn spot where Messrs. Bloomberg and Kelly were speaking about the gun violence that took place earlier in the weekend before marching in the parade." [Shallwani, el-Ghobashy and Grossman]
Here's a photo of man running with a baby carriage after a gunman opened fire at yesterday's parade. [Daily News]
Arresting a lawmaker...
Jumaane Williams' spokesman said the councilman "had a Council badge. When he identified himself it was not respected, it was not honored." [Sally Goldenberg and Bob Fredericks]
Bill de Blasio said his aide and Councilman Williams were "thrown to the ground" and "arrested…If that’s what happens to an elected official and a senior appointee, imagine what happens to a general member of the public.” [Fernanda Santos and Michael Wilson]
Here's footage of Kirsten John Foy's arrest (in which you can see an officer tripping him), courtesy of the public advocate's office. [NY1]
"[A]n unknown individual punched a police captain on the scene," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. [Jen Chung]
"[P]olice then identified 53 "mosques of concern" and placed undercover officers and informants there." [AP]
Goldsmith is gone, but not forgotten ...
John Liu pressed the City Council to hold hearings on Michael Bloomberg's handling of Goldsmiths' dismissal. [Reuven Blau]
Andrew Cuomo didn't defend Bloomberg's handling of the situation, as the mayor stresses the fact that his administration didn't interfere with the investigation. [Sally Goldenberg]
Other stories ...
Bloomberg ignored a warning about CityTime from his own commissioner of information and technology. [Josh Margolin]
The Post endorses Turner, and says, Koch-like, that a win by him would "register in the White House." [NY Post]
Democrats' districts gain population, but not necessarily voters, when prisoners are counted at their last-known address. [Ken Lovett]
Las Vegas-style gambling, if brought to New York, would end revenue-sharing deals with Native American tribes. [Tom Precious]