October 7 (WNN) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made inappropriate use of his city-funded security detail for personal and political reasons, a report released Thursday indicated.
An investigation by the New York City Department of Investigation also found that the New York Police Department officer who ran the mayor’s security detail – Howard Redmond – actively attempted to thwart the abuse investigation.
The agency report said de Blasio used security details like “concierge service,” using it to get his son and daughter around without him. He also reportedly failed to reimburse the city $300,000 for using a security detail during his 2020 presidential trip out of town.
“Protecting the mayor and his family is a serious and important task that should be guided by best practices, formal procedures and an understanding that security details are not personal assistants to a dignitary’s daily life but provide the necessary protection,” DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett said. Report.
The report accused Redmond of obstructing the investigation, refusing to hand over requested evidence, and attempting to destroy cellphones issued by the NYPD.
The DOI said it plans to refer Redmond’s case to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for consideration on criminal charges. De Blasio faces potential ethical breaches.
Speaking during his daily news conference on Thursday, de Blasio said the report was inaccurate and unprofessional.
“Look, I’m honored to be the city’s mayor, but my first responsibility was as a father and a husband,” he said. “And so, I think about my family’s safety at all times.
“When it comes to security the final decision needs to be made by security experts. The final decision on how to align security, how to protect the people chosen to lead, needs to be made by the NYPD ”