New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a NYPD officer to be fired after a video surfaced showing the officer pointing his gun at a crowd of protesters. New video evidence is now showing that the officer unholstered his gun after his supervisor was assaulted by a rioter.
The unedited version shows the officer pulling his gun from its holster only after a rioter hit his supervisor in the back of the head with what appears to be a brick.
Here is the edited viral video posted by Gothamist reporter Jake Offenhartz:
And here is the full version uploaded later by the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York:
De Blasio publicly acknowledged on Monday he did not "know all the circumstances," but still called for the officer to have his badge taken away and face further consequences.
"But I can say as a New Yorker, as your Mayor, as someone who understands that the vast majority of protestors are there peacefully, and even those who do have that violent intent are still human beings," de Blasio said. "We have to always know it is not the place of an officer to pull a gun in the middle of a crowd knowing that there are peaceful protesters in that crowd — that is unacceptable. That is dangerous. I want you to note on that video how a superior officer immediately came over and moved that officer away from that crowd. That officer should have his gun and badge taken away today. There will be an investigation immediately to determine the larger consequences."
De Blasio has not yet issued a retraction or clarification to his remarks, which came hours before the full video surfaced.
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