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No love for NYC mayor Bill de Blasio at George Floyd memorial in Brooklyn

 

A memorial for George Floyd took place in Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States on June 4, 2020. It was attended by more than 10,000 people including New York City mayor Warren Wilhelm Jr., 59, legally known as Bill de Blasio.

Accompanying de Blasio at the memorial was his wife Chirlane McCray, 65. On June 3, 2020, the mayor refused to call out police violence in New York City.

Apparently, the protesters who attended the memorial for Floyd in Cadman Plaza Park did not want to hear what de Blasio had to say. They turned their backs and booed loudly when it was the mayor’s turn to speak.

It was Rev. Kevin McCall who introduced de Blasio to the crowd. The reverend asked them to give the mayor some respect but to no avail.

McCray took the microphone and the noise subsided. She said, “We want to hear from my partner, my partner in all things, and I ask you to give him the same respect you give me.”

 

De Blasio tried to talk to the crowd again. Again, he was heckled but he delivered his speech anyway amid the noise.

“George Floyd cannot be allowed to die in vain,” de Blasio started. The crowd responded, “George Floyd! George Floyd!”

“I thank you for being here,” de Blasio continued while being drowned out by boos. “Let me tell you something. All of us who have not walked a mile in the shoes of the black community, communities of color, for all of us who know white privilege, we need do more because we don’t even fully recognize.”

Many of the protesters repeatedly chanted Floyd’s name. They also asked de Blasio to resign.

“I can’t breathe!” The protesters chanted, echoing the same words Floyd and Eric Garner repeatedly said before dying. After almost a minute and a half, de Blasio gave up.

Born in Manhattan, New York City on May 8, 1961, de Blasio was a member of the New York City Council from the 39th district from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2009. He assumed office as the 109th mayor of New York City on January 1, 2014 and was reelected in 2017.

De Blasio and McCray got married in 1994. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA on November 29, 1954, she is of Barbadian and St. Lucian descent.

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