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De Blasio Frees Backer Arrested for Driving with Suspended License

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On February 12, 2014 @ 10:41 am In The Point | 3 Comments

It’s a real tale of two cities. One city has to stay in jail because it doesn’t have Bill de Blasio’s phone number. The other is a backer of De Blasio and gets a Get Out of Jail Free card.

 

It sure is, Orlando. It sure is.

Is there anything that we can possibly do to end this tale of two cities?

A politically connected Brooklyn pastor was arrested for a pair of open warrants — but was spared a night in jail after Mayor de Blasio called an NYPD boss to inquire about his close pal.

Hours later, Bishop Orlando Findlayter was yukking it up with Hizzoner at the head table at a Bed-Stuy breakfast Tuesday with guest speaker Rev. Al Sharpton and 200 other pastors.

Findlayter — the head of Brooklyn’s New Hope Christian Church who was instrumental in delivering the black vote to de Blasio — was pulled over at 11:21 p.m. Monday in East Flatbush for making a left turn without signaling, police said.

Cops ran his license plate and discovered two outstanding warrants, issued Jan. 16, for failure to appear in court for prior arrests at protests. He was hit with the traffic violation and charged with driving without a license.

Findlayter was looking at a night behind bars because the arrests came too late for him to be arraigned.

So his clergy pals reached out to the mayor and the NYPD. De Blasio admittedly called a top police spokeswoman, Kim Royster.

Around the same time, the 67th Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lehr — who also knows Findlayter — went down to the station house to personally spring the bishop and tell him to be in court Tuesday.

But Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevelent Association, cried foul.

“If a guy has a warrant, you don’t let him go. Period,” he said. “There is no ‘discretion.’ What if you release him [and] he drives a block, blows a red light and runs somebody over and kills him? As a [police] supervisor, you have a lot to answer for.

“He just confirmed that it really is a ‘tale of two cities,’ ” referring to de Blasio’s campaign mantra.

Monday’s arrest wasn’t the bishop’s his first run-in with the court system.

Public records show he has a string of court judgments against him, was foreclosed on by a mortgage lender and also declared bankruptcy.

I’m confused, is this New York or Newark? Bill de Blasio aka William Wilhelm Jr. is already running the city like it’s Newark.


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