Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses New York police union of threatening Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter after her arrest at Saturday’s protests

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio with his daughter Chiara.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York progressive, slammed a New York City police department union for tweeting out confidential information about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter’s arrest during a Saturday protest against racism.
The Sergeant Benevolent Association tweeted out a screenshot of Chiara’s arrest record and attacked the mayor over his daughter’s participation in the protests.
Ocasio-Cortez urged the NYPD to de-escalate protesters, rather than responding with violent force, and told the union to “apologize and own this egregious behavior.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York progressive, slammed the New York City police union for publicly “threaten[ing]” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 25-year-old daughter, Chiara, after she was arrested while protesting against racism on Saturday.

The congresswoman was responding to the Sergeant Benevolent Association, which tweeted out confidential information about Chiara’s arrest and attacked the mayor for his daughter’s actions.

“How can the NYPD protect the city of NY from rioting anarchist when the Mayors object throwing daughter is one of them,” the union wrote. “Now we know why he is forbidding Mounted Units to be mobilized and keeping the NYPD from doing their jobs.”

A screenshot of the police record included in the tweet disclosed personal information, including Chiara’s height, weight, address, date of birth, and driver’s license details. There is no evidence Chiara threw any objects during the protest, and The New York Post reported Chiara she was arrested refusing to move while blocking traffic.

Twitter later removed the tweet because it violated the platform’s rules and temporarily suspended the account.

“Last night the NYPD Sergeants’ union *publicly threatened the mayor’s daughter* while they held her. Indefensible,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday. “If police budgets bought peace, the $6 *billion* NYPD budget would’ve bought the most sophisticated de-escalatory operation in the world. Clearly, it didn’t.”

Ocasio-Cortez urged the NYPD to de-escalate protesters, rather than responding with violent force, and told the union to “apologize and own this egregious behavior.”

Edward Mullins, the president of the union, echoed the tweet’s sentiments in an interview with The New York Times and argued the mayor is “tying our hands” in responding to the demonstrations.

“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 said.

The mayor criticized the union, calling the disclosure of confidential information “unconscionable” but not an anomaly, and defended his daughter during a press briefing on Monday morning.

“She was acting peacefully,” the mayor said. “I admire that she was out there trying to change something she thought was unjust.”

The younger de Blasio, who is biracial, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday during demonstrations over George Floyd’s death. NYPD sources told Business Insider that she was charged with unlawful assembly and was released on a desk appearance ticket, or DAT, which requires her to appear in court at a future date.

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