New York City mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t want distasteful homeless people ruining his peaceful subway ride. According to an email obtained by the New York Post, the NYPD was instructed to “clear the homeless” prior to the mayor’s arrival at the station.
“Before the Mayor arrives at the 4th Avenue station, the officers are to sweep the station for homeless persons as well as the Jay Street station,” the email said. “There will be press at the 4th Avenue station.”
The email was sent by NYPD Officer Nandoo and approved by Operations Manager James Lynch. A law enforcement source told the Post the message was sent “with the expectation that the subway stations would be free and clear of homeless people.”
De Blasio’s camp immediately tried to tamp down the story, saying there was “zero evidence” the email exists.
“These sources are refusing to provide their names because what they are saying is not true,” said spokesperson Eric Phillips. When asked on Twitter if he would admit it if the email was actually sent, Phillips responded: “Sure. And there would be evidence of it. Zero evidence. Evidence of the opposite, in fact.”
Sure. And there would be evidence of it. Zero evidence. Evidence of the opposite, in fact.
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) July 24, 2017
De Blasio has had a tenuous relationship with the NYPD in recent weeks. A significant number of police officers turned their backs during his speech at the funeral of deceased officer Miosotis Familia, in protest of the fact that de Blasio skipped the officer’s vigil to fly to Europe. The fact he felt a trip to the G-20 was more important than remaining strong for his police force reinforces the notion that he is the type of mayor who would want the homeless cleared from his subway car.
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