Mayor Bill de Blasio implored New York state courts on Thursday to open next month as “fully as humanly possible” so that the city could “truly” have justice and safety.
“We cannot keep the city safe if we do not have a functioning court system,” de Blasio told reporters. “It has been too many months already. We owe it to our communities and we owe it to our police officers to restart the court system as vigorously as possible.”
The plea comes after de Blasio touted the signing of six police reform bills, including legislation banning the NYPD from using chokeholds, passed by the City Council last month. De Blasio refused to sign the package of sweeping reform bills after pushback from NYPD brass claiming the bills “weakened” cops during, according to the Daily News.
The state court administration spokesperson Lucien Chalfen called out de Blasio for “shifting the blame” for the city’s inability to keep law and order.