de Blasio Hypocrisy
The New York Post reports this amusing little story from the Big Apple:
- Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered city lawyers to stay silent about a groundbreaking lawsuit to keep bootleg cigarettes out of the Big Apple — because it came as Hizzoner was downplaying the illegal cigarette sales that led to the ill-fated police arrest of Eric Garner, The Post has learned.
The city Law Department drafted the civil racketeering suit the same week that a Staten Island grand jury did not indict NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s chokehold death, and it was quietly filed in Brooklyn federal court on Dec. 9.
The Law Department drafted a press release boasting that the suit “is the first of its kind brought by the city against an out-of-state entity for supplying cigarette traffickers,” sources said.
But City Hall suppressed the news, ordering the Law Department not to put out the release, according to the sources.
So de Blasio's administration was preparing a massive RICO suit against a tobacco seller for circumventing the New York tax code at the exact same moment that de Blasio was ripping the NYPD for enforcing the so-called "minor offense" of selling loosies. But who's taking the beating in the press? Oh yeah, the NYPD for enforcing the law.