Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged Tuesday to create a new task force to crackdown on his hometown’s unprecedented use of illegal fireworks this week; saying a “huge sting operation” will target illegal sellers across all five boroughs.
“We’re going to start a huge sting operation to go and get these illegal fireworks at the base, meaning everywhere they’re being sold around New York City and even where they are being sold in surrounding states that we know are flowing into New York City,” he said.
New Yorkers gathered at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s residence on Monday night chanting "If we can’t sleep, you won’t sleep.”
It comes as the city saw more than 800 complaints about fireworks filed this month. A huge increase from last year's number of just 21 complaints in June pic.twitter.com/IKbmw80hu0
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) June 23, 2020
“The sheriff’s office, the FDNY, the NYPD have come together in an illegal fireworks task force. We will have over 40 officers from each of those three organizations, including 12 FDNY fire marshals. The NYPD intelligence bureau will be a part of this effort to help us track down where the fireworks are coming from to begin with. Deputy sheriffs will be out there addressing this at the root,” he added.
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BIG APPLE BREAKDOWN: Bill De Blasio’s Daughter, 25, Arrested During Manhattan Protest for Blocking Traffic
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter was one of hundreds of demonstrators arrested over the weekend; reportedly taken into custody for blocking traffic during a protest in Manhattan Saturday night.
Chiara de Blasio is one of the nearly 790 people who have been arrested in New York City since protests over the death of George Floyd began last week https://t.co/UusGs3188p
— TIME (@TIME) June 1, 2020
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara, was arrested around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday near Union Square in Manhattan, a police official said.
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— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 1, 2020
“New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, was arrested around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday near Union Square in Manhattan, a police official said,” reports the New York Times.
“She had allegedly been blocking traffic on Broadway and was arrested after refusing to move, the source said,” adds the New York Post.
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CHAOS NYC: Rioters Loot Manhattan Stores, De Blasio Describes Situation as ‘Limited Protest Activity’
Rioters smashed windows and looted stores in Manhattan late Sunday night after assembling for citywide protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis; a situation Mayor Bill de Blasio described as “limited protest activity.”
“Fox News crews on the scene in SoHo reported hundreds of people stealing from luxury stores – including Chanel and Dior – for hours on Sunday night going into the early hours of Monday morning. The looters were seen piling shoplifted merchandise into vehicles while others rode off with the merchandise in black garbage bags balanced on CitiBikes,” reports Fox news.
Here it is… just disgusting to see this in person pic.twitter.com/GftB2C5Bfw
— Rob Schmitt (@SchmittNYC) June 1, 2020
“Most of the day we had large crowds throughout the city in multiple boroughs [on Sunday]. But when it got dark, things changed and it changed rapidly,” Shea said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning. “We anticipated it, but you saw large groups of people had no inclination to all this protest once it got dark, particularly in the area of SoHo between Canal and West Broadway. We had a number of stores broken into.”
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