New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said protesters should’ve “gotten out of the way” in response to a video showing an NYPD vehicle driving into a group of protesters on Saturday.
“It is a troubling video, and I wish they hadn’t done that, but we have to be clear, they were being surrounded by a violent crowd,” De Blasio said Saturday evening.
“If those protesters had just gotten out of the way, and not created an attempt to surround that vehicle we would not be talking about this situation,” The New York Time’s Mara Gay reports.
Video of the incident shows NYPD vehicles being surrounded by protesters before driving into the crowd, forcing some of the demonstrators to the ground.
Calls for de Blasio to resign from his post as mayor of New York City are trending on Twitter following his response to the protests.
De Blasio on this video: we’re looking into it, it’s troubling and “I wish the officers wouldn’t have done that,” but also adds that people were inappropriately surrounding the vehicle & shouldn’t be doing things like that https://t.co/eTBFGzoNV6 https://t.co/xQEOL6vxdV
— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) May 31, 2020
“It is a troubling video, and I wish they hadn’t done that, but we have to be clear, they were being surrounded by a violent crowd” @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio
We have eyes. They weren’t surrounded. They could have backed up. They CHOSE to go forward.
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) May 31, 2020