“Our own investigators are … exonerating police officers who use terribly foul and insulting language during the course of either an arrest or confrontation because it is supposedly stressful situation,” he said. “To me, that does not fly. I have a problem with that.”
“New York State’s failure to provide counsel to people too poor to afford an attorney violates the Constitution and devastates the lives of people every day in much of the state,” said NYCLU executive director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “Justice cannot be a luxury for the rich. No one benefits when innocent people go to jail because the state failed to provide an effective lawyer to defend them.”
The Supreme Court’s decision in the 1962 Gideon v. Wainwright case established the right to an attorney. Shortly after that decision, New York State, which also guarantees its residents with the right to counsel, shifted the responsibility for providing that guarantee to each of its 62 counties.
The recent unrest in Furguson, MO has raised questions about the use of surplus military equipment by local police forces. Several months ago, The New York Times obtained from the Pentagon a list of where excess military equipment given to state and local law enforcement ended up.
Bill and I didn’t just raise our children in New York – we raised our children with New York. Chiara and Dante are city kids through and through, and many of the traits that make them wonderful young adults can be traced back to their fellow New Yorkers – their teachers, coaches, neighbors and…
We are working on a large phone banking project today for Governor Cuomo’s re-election campaign. If you have some time this afternoon to help us out on this and make some phone calls—even an hour or so—please let me know.
We understand if you cannot come to our office at this late notice, and this can all be done remotely.
Thank you and please let me know ASAP if you can help us out on this!
Question: [inaudible] calling for uniformed police officers not to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
Mayor: I believe that uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to, and I respect that right. Yes?
Question: Just to follow up on Emily’s question, I think that there’s a difference between allowing city workers on their own personal time to march in a parade and having them show up in uniform with signs saying ‘City of New York Police Department.’ So if we have a little bit more about your thinking on that, and are you planning to attend the parade?
Mayor: I’ve said what I think. I respect the right of our City workers to march in uniform – period. And no, I am not planning on marching in the parade, I haven’t in the past in my capacity as an elected official. I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city and the contributions of Irish Americans. But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in this city. Thanks – OK, go ahead.
"There is a philosophical grounding to my belief in Israel and it is my belief, it is our obligation, to defend Israel, but it is also something that is elemental to being an American because there is no greater ally on earth, and that’s something we can say proudly,"—Bill de Blasio.