Source: AP / theGrio
NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio called the commanding officer of the police department’s press office to ask about the arrest of a politically connected pastor who endorsed him and served as a member of his transition team, but the pastor had already been released, police and administration officials said Tuesday.
New York Police Department Deputy Chief Kim Royster said she received the call from de Blasionot long after someone in the mayor’s press office sent an email asking whether Bishop Orlando Findlayter had been taken into custody Monday night for a traffic violation.
The call, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, raised questions about whether it was proper for the mayor to even inquire about an arrest of a supporter such as Findlayter, who was released by the local Brooklyn precinct commander with a desk appearance ticket rather than being held overnight.
The mayor’s office didn’t say whether de Blasio had called the NYPD on any other arrest, nor would it say whether he might again.
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