Twitter on Monday temporarily suspended the account of a major New York City police union which posted the arrest report for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter which contained her personal information.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association, the second-largest police union in the city which represents some 11,000 sergeants in the NYPD, ‘doxxed’ 25-year-old Chiara de Blasio.
The mayor’s daughter was taken into police custody on Saturday night after police infiltrated an ‘unlawful assembly’ of about 100 protesters at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan.
‘Doxxing’ is a term to describe using social media or the internet to post sensitive information about an individual so as to embarrass them or cause them harm.
Twitter on Monday temporarily suspended the account of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the second-largest police union in New York City, after it posted Chiara de Blasio’s arrest report which included personal information
The police union, a frequent critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio, said it ‘doxxed’ his daughter (seen left with her father in Harlem in 2015) to criticize the mayor for not adequately supporting police in their efforts to deal with protesters
The SBA posted a screenshot of Chiara de Blasio’s arrest report which included her address as well as government ID information, her driver’s license data, and other personal details.
The union justified its action by accusing de Blasio of failing to offer police officers the necessary support as they face off with protesters angry over the police-involving killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in Minneapolis last Monday.
‘How can the NYPD guard the metropolis of NY from rioting anarchist when the Mayors item throwing daughter is a person of them,’ the SBA tweeted on Sunday.
‘Now we know why he is forbidding Mounted models to be mobilized and maintaining the NYPD from undertaking their work opportunities.’
The tweet violated the rules of Twitter, which forbids its users from ‘doxxing.’
The union’s account was temporarily suspended, according to The New York Times.
The account was allowed to come back online after it agreed to delete the tweet about the mayor’s daughter.
DailyMail.com has reached out to SBA seeking comment.
Ed Mullins, the president of the SBA, said the union posted the tweet as a means of criticizing de Blasio’s policing strategy when it comes to the ongoing protests.
‘The message was that cops are being pelted with rocks, cars are being set on fire and our police department is being held back,’ Mullins told the Times.
‘Is that why you’re tying our hands, because your daughter is out there?’
He added: ‘This needs to be looked at.’
Mullins denied leaking Chiara de Blasio’s arrest report. He claims he took a screenshot of the report after it appeared in a news story on DailyMail.com.
The SBA has for years been one of de Blasio’s fiercest critics. The union has accused the mayor of being too lax on crime.
In early February, when two police officers were ambushed by a gunman in The Bronx, the SBA tweeted in response to de Blasio: ‘Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!
‘We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals.
Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody on Saturday night after police infiltrated an ‘unlawful assembly’ of about 100 protesters at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan
‘You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you.
‘NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on!’
Earlier on Monday, de Blasio defended his daughter, saying she was ‘acting peacefully’ and he is proud of her after she was arrested during a George Floyd protest in Manhattan.
A police report obtained by DailyMail.com showed that Chiara was among those arrested for refusing to move off the road and throwing objects at NYPD officers.
She was arrested at about 10.30pm on Saturday, which was about an hour before her father publicly urged protesters to disperse.
Chiara was released from custody at about 8am on Sunday after receiving a desk appearance ticket.
At a press conference on Monday, de Blasio admitted that he and his wife Chirlane McCray didn’t know their daughter was out protesting on Saturday but were aware she had been involved in protests on Thursday.
He said they only learned about her arrest when his office was contacted by the media on Sunday.
‘If I had known my daughter was arrested I would’ve been the first to say something,’ de Blasio said when asked why he didn’t inform the public earlier when he was publicly addressing the protests.
‘Even though this was a surprise to Chirlane and I, I respect my daughter, I honor her, and I know her heart.’
The Mayor said his daughter had told him she believed she was following police instructions when she was taken into custody.
At a press conference on Monday, de Blasio admitted that he and his wife Chirlane McCray didn’t know their daughter was out protesting on Saturday but were aware she had been involved in protests on Thursday
At a press conference on Monday, de Blasio admitted that he and his wife Chirlane McCray didn’t know their daughter was out protesting on Saturday but were aware she had been involved in protests on Thursday. The Mayor, his wife and their two children Chiara and Dante are pictured above
‘She was very clear that she believed she was following the instructions of police officers and doing what they were asking… absolutely, she was abundantly clear she was peacefully protesting, not doing anything that would provoke a negative response,’ de Blasio said.
He added that he admired her for peacefully ‘trying to change something that she thought was unjust’.
‘I love my daughter deeply, she believes a lot of change is needed. I am proud of her, that she cared about it so much she decided to go out there and do something about it.’
Chiara gave 181 East End Avenue – the mayor’s residence at Gracie Mansion – as her address, according to the police report.
It is understood she didn’t tell arresting officers who her father was.
Her arrest came about an hour before de Blasio urged protesters to disperse.
‘We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home,’ the mayor said at a 11.30pm press conference in downtown Brooklyn.
‘If you went out peacefully to make a point about the need for change, you have been heard and change is coming in the city. I have no doubt about that. It’s time to go home so we can all move forward.’
New York City police said that nearly 730 people had been arrested since protests erupted in the city late last week.
De Blasio did not mention that his daughter had been arrested during either of the two briefings he held about the protests on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
A police report obtained by DailyMail.com (pictured) showed that Chiara was among about 100 protesters who were arrested after they refused to move out of the roadway and were throwing objects at officers
Police in riot gear walk down a street during protests in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Chiara’s arrest came about an hour before de Blasio urged protesters to disperse
At the Sunday morning briefing, he said that officers had showed ‘tremendous restraint overall’ during the weekend’s demonstrations and appointed two city officials to review how the protests unfolded and how they were handled by police.
The NYPD has come under criticism for confrontations with demonstrators over the weekend.
NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the department is investigating officers’ behavior in about six incidents, including one in which two police vehicles plowed through a group of protesters Saturday in Brooklyn.
De Blasio, who said Saturday that the officers acted while under attack, shifted his tone Monday, saying: ‘it is still not acceptable for our officers to ever drive into a crowd.’
De Blasio has promised an investigation into the video showing two police cruisers lurching into a crowd of demonstrators in a Brooklyn street, knocking people to the ground.
‘We all better get back to the humanity here,’ de Blasio said.
‘The protesters are human beings. They need to be treated with tremendous respect. The police officers are human beings. They need to be treated with tremendous respect.’
De Blasio also suggested that the protests had been co-opted by ‘people who came to do violence in a systematic, organized fashion’.
He said that the ‘small’ number of people were motivated by ‘the anarchist movement’ rather than the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck during an arrest on May 25.
New York City police said that nearly 730 people have been arrested since protests erupted in the city late last week
At a press briefing Sunday morning, de Blasio said that officers had showed ‘tremendous restraint overall’
A protester throws a traffic barrel at police during a protest in Brooklyn on Saturday night
Protesters are seen vandalizing an NYPD vehicle near Union Square on Saturday night
‘They plan together online, they have very explicit rules,’ he said, noting how officers have gotten their teeth knocked out and have been targeted by projectiles.
‘Some come from outside of the cities, some are from inside the city. Some are from the neighborhoods where the protests take place, some are not.
‘But what we do know is there is an explicit agenda of violence and it does not conform with the history of this city.’
‘Thank God, there was no loss of life, there were no major injuries.’
After the news of Chiara’s arrest broke, the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted an attack on de Blasio’s handling of the protests.
‘How can the NYPD protect the city of NY from rioting anarchist when the Mayors object throwing daughter is one of them,’ the SBA said in a tweet.
‘Now we know why he is forbidding Mounted Units to be mobilized and keeping the NYPD from doing their jobs.’
Chiara graduated from Santa Clara University in 2016 and planned to pursue a career in social work.
The 25-year-old has been open about how she struggled with drug and alcohol addiction after her father became mayor in 2014.
Chanel in Soho on Monday morning after looters smashed windows to ransack luxury stores in another night of chaos
The looters pulled down plywood to get into the stores. They are not thought to have been part of the Floyd protests
NYPD officers on Monday morning outside Chanel in New York City. More than 250 people were arrested in NYC on Sunday night
Another jewelry store on West Broadway that had its windows smashed on Sunday night
It comes as New York City will be imposing an 11pm curfew as the nation’s biggest city tries to head off another night of violence erupting amid protests over George Floyd’s death.
The curfew will last from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
The limitation on 8.6 million people’s movements comes on top of coronavirus restrictions and as the mayor and governor deplored the outbreaks of violence, but also criticized some police actions.
Protests in New York City on Sunday descended into chaos with thieves raiding luxury stores, including Chanel, Rolex and Prada in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood.
It remains unclear if those who smashed up the stores were part of protests against George Floyd’s death, or if they belonged to different groups and were merely taking advantage of the chaos unfolding across the country.
Across New York City on Sunday night, more than 250 people were arrested. Six cops were injured, none seriously, and a man in his twenties was shot in the abdomen after an argument with a different group of young men.
There are growing calls for the National Guard to be mobilized amid increased fears that the violence will continue on Monday night.
Neither de Blasio nor Gov. Cuomo have mobilized the military and say they’ve done enough to warn people of the danger.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Monday defended the city’s response and said implementing a curfew – as other cities have done – would be useless.
NYC Mayor de Blasio announces investigation into officers who tried to drive through George Floyd protesters in Brooklyn and says some cops ‘do not belong in this job’ after first giving them his support
By Valerie Edwards for DailyMail.com
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Monday morning that the officers who were captured on video driving into crowds of George Floyd protesters will be investigated and called the footage ‘troubling’ as he walked back his initial response to the disturbing incident.
De Blasio was addressing protests that took place in multiple boroughs in the city over the weekend. Most were peaceful and some weren’t. According to de Blasio, looting took place around the city.
‘We also have seen situations where police officers acted inappropriately,’ de Blasio began.
He explained: ‘I want to take a step back and talk about a very troubling video from the night before last of two police cars moving through a crowd. That was so troubling to the people of this city.’
De Blasio, who said Saturday that the officers acted while under attack, shifted his tone Monday, saying, ‘it is still not acceptable for our officers to ever drive into a crowd’. De Blasio also said that there are some officers ‘who do not belong on this job’.
He told reporters that he spoke on the incident when it occurred but admitted that he didn’t express the reality of the dangerous situations that officers have been put in during protests.
The footage de Blasio was referring to emerged on Saturday and showed two police cars being swarmed by protesters. In the video that was shot in Brooklyn, the NYPD cruisers are seen driving into protesters who were pushing against a barricade
‘There is no situation where a police vehicle should drive into a crowd of protesters or New Yorkers of any kind. It is dangerous. It is unacceptable,’ de Blasio continued.
‘This was an extremely aberrant situation and there were extenuating circumstances because of incidents that happened earlier in the day… but it is still not acceptable for our officers to ever drive into a crowd.
‘This incident is under investigation as we speak,’ de Blasio told reporters.
The footage de Blasio was referring to emerged on Saturday and showed two police cars being swarmed by protesters.
In the video that was shot in Brooklyn, the NYPD cruisers are seen driving into protesters who were pushing against a barricade against a police car and pelting it with objects.
The first patrol car initially remained stationary in the middle of the road before demonstrators approached.
The activists then began pelting the car with bottles, traffic cones and even bags of trash.
A second NYPD cruiser then pulled alongside the first but appeared to be in a rush to push through the crowds.
Those gathered swarmed the second patrol car which then, without warning, suddenly began to accelerate.
At least three people were pushed to the side and almost run over and the police car drove on down the street.
On Sunday, video posted to social media showed a police officer pulling a gun and pointing it at demonstrators on a debris-littered Manhattan street.
The officer holds the gun up for about five seconds for people to hurry away, and then a supervisor comes over and ushers the officer away.
De Blasio called for the department to strip the officer of his gun and badge immediately, though the mayor noted that he didn’t know all the circumstances surrounding the moment captured on video.
‘It is not the place of an officer to pull a gun on a crowd knowing that there are peaceful protesters in that crowd,’ de Blasio said.
On Sunday, New York City police made some gestures of solidarity with marchers during the day.
Some officers knelt with protesters in an intersection as an organizer called out the names of people killed by police.
But the police department has come under criticism for confrontations with demonstrators over the weekend.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the department is investigating officers’ behavior in about six incidents.