Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani criticized his successor, Bill de Blasio, for letting the protests in the aftermath of Eric Garner’s chokehold death get out of hand, saying “This is what we learned with Crown Heights, and it seems like we’ve unlearned it.”
From CBS New York:
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has called on critics to dial down the “rhetoric” against Mayor Bill de Blasio in the face of two NYPD officers who were fatally shot in Brooklyn Saturday.
Giuliani spoke out in defense of de Blasio, but also criticized him for not being tough enough on protesters during recent demonstrations over the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.
“Stop this stuff with ‘the blood is on his hands.’ The blood is not on his hands,” the former mayor told 1010 WINS. “I don’t think the mayor is responsible for this. I think that’s an incorrect and incendiary charge…I do think he should change some of his policies.”
Giuliani said de Blasio allowed protesters too much control.
“The protesters should not have been allowed to take over streets the way they did,” Giuliani said. “This is what we learned with Crown Heights, and it seems like we’ve unlearned it.”