City Hall, Downtown Manhattan, New York
Current mayor Bill de Blasio has found himself in quite a hot mess of his own making with his brazen misuse of his NYPD executive protection unit. Ironically the only transparency he’s ever shown while governing this city since there were exposes of the Blaz treating the NYPD EPU has his personal chauffeurs and valets under the rubric of security provision of an elected officials notably using the cops to escort his son Dante to Yale U. on various occasions and helping move his daughter Chiara out of her apartment in Sunset Park at Brooklyn, which he hilariously gaffed during his daily presser claiming he had no knowledge about the move despite that she was being ordered back home to Gracie Mansion where he and his wife have been dwelling for the last 7 years and 9 months when he fielded a fusillade of questions about his latest scandal. This is what happens when you continue to try to gaslight when you run out of gas.
Another noteworthy thing about his Department Of Investigation report on his profligacy abuse with his NYPD detail and city resources is when he used them to accompany him on his farcical presidential campaign trail for 5 months in the spring and summer of 2019 which cost taxpayers a whopping $320,000. This corn dog he bought in Iowa in the first primary election probably cost $40,000 alone.
The Blaz treated this expose’ with self-aggrandizing self-justification during his taxpayer funded city presser by ludicrously proclaiming that his malfeasance was perfectly legal because as mayor he is a high profile target for terrorists. And by deploying his NYPD chief of “intelligence and counter-terrorism” John Miller to defend him for the entire line of questioning during his “media availability”, showing his constituents and journalists once again his whimsical use of city tax dollars and resources by using a cop again to act as his personal lawyer.
Miller repetitively pointed out how The Blaz in his position as mayor
along with his immediate family justifies the need for 24/7 protection no matter where they go because of his status as an elected official and also his immediate family requires it because of threats or even the prospect of threats by terrorists international or domestic, whether confirmed or not. But for the two years cited in the DOI’s report, the Blaz exploited this distinction by treating his NYPD EPU as his own personal Uber by having them ferry his minion staffers around town and to their residences, also denigrating these cops by having them to errands for them. The Blaz also deployed his EPU as valets and chauffeurs for his political allies and “guests” (agents of the city?) to shuttle them around town even while he wasn’t present with them, basically designating them all as extended family worthy of protection from dangers real or prefabricated.
But the main story in this way overdue scandal is actually not the Blaz, because this malfeasance is expected of him, but the man assigned to protect him, his relatives and his extended family of minions and guests of the city, and that’s Inspector Howard Redmond, chief of the mayor’s EPU unit for his entire mayoralty.
According to the DOI report, when he was ordered to testify on the mayor’s behalf to about NYPD EPU services, he displayed hostile obtuseness and insouciance about the mayor’s wanton misuse of the unit which was used mostly for the convenience of his son Dante (who the Blaz is clearly grooming to his political heir) and even Redmond used them for himself, which he deployed the EPU cops to pick up a woman he picked up at a bar.
Redmond also dutifully covered the Blaz’s ass regarding this abuse of services and authority by refusing to give DOI his city government issue cellphones and when he did, he made sure to wipe out all correspondence data on them after he turned them in and in many instances had them “destroyed”. The last phone he willingly relinquished was a new cellphone he only had for a little over a month which was also thoroughly wiped cleaned.
When confronted about this blatant act of unaccountabilty by his NYPD EPU leader and apparent closest confidant, the Blaz had nothing but effusive praise for Inspector Redmond and continued his obtuse insouciance about his deliberate act of wrong doing protecting the current mayor’s craven exploitation of city cops for his selfish wants and needs and for his entitled family, municipal sycophants and unnamed political cronies and allies.
Even though this is another case of The Blaz being a monstrous sociopath, his statement belies a lot a truth to it, because Redmond sure is fucking devoted. Redmond exhibited extreme devotion to hizzoner after a cop in one of the vehicles in his NYPD EPU motorcade decided to drive in the wrong direction and wound up crashing into a boiler truck because Mayor Big Slow was late for a scheduled event on his itinerary (or the cop was most likely ordered to). Being that this happened around the time the Blaz initiated the city’s Vision Zero program and surely sensing blowback criticism of the rank hypocrisy of the Mayor violating his own traffic calming and enforcement policy, Redmond made sure the DMV’s report of the accident was instantly abolished from the city’s records. As is wont of the Blaz, he also abolished the incident from his delusion addled brain despite being in the EPU unit vehicle at the time of the wreck.
Before this memory holing of NYPD EPU’s reckless incompetence,one of the mayor’s vehicles transporting Blaz’s tax boondoggle wife Chirlie to some event or doing some personal errand got into accident with two civilian vehicles on the FDR Drive only weeks before but instead of vanquishing it into the abyss, this report was fabricated to make it look like the crash was entirely the fault of the first civilian driver that was in the wreck. Two lawsuits by the civilian drivers were filed against the city, nothing is known if the city won the cases or had to settle with the other driver
The Blaz’s enabling of Redmond’s recidivism of destruction of the public city records also translated into a culture of crony corruption, immoral hierarchy abuse by higher brass and rampant discrimination led by his devoted soldier and fixer. One retired cop and former EPU officer was in an incident involving another EPU supervisor who showed up drunk to work and attacked him right in front of Gracie Mansion while the Blaz and his wife were home over an issue about the staffing of the security detail. Redmond conveniently never reported the incident to internal affairs because of NYPD’s claims there was no video record of the fight in front of the heavily surveilled elected official public housing building. A Black EPU officer was relegated to working double shifts guarding Gracie Mansion in freezing conditions during the winter and wouldn’t allow him a break when nature called and claimed that White EPU officers were given plum assignments while he was relegated to escorting and protecting the Blaz’s offspring wherever they went and also was pass up for promotion for 3 years straight. Another veteran cop assigned to the EPU was subjected to xenophobic remarks about his Muslim faith by other supervisors and was relegated to working shitty shifts and subjected to demotion. Two more EPU cops complained they were subjected to ageist and bigoted remarks that led to shit assignments. This culture fomented by Redmond’s unchecked power has led to nearly $20,000,000 in lawsuits against the city.
Current Mayor de Blasio thinks all this malfeasance along with his haughty sense of entitlement is not a big deal and is only standard procedure to protect officials like him, as he continues to administer contempt for the free press who asks him how he doesn’t see the brazen impropriety of his actions, which even has been chastised by former indicted and incarcerated high ranking police official Bernie Kerik, who also exploited the security rubric for his own benefit and convenience. But this heinous abuse of power by Blaz and Redmond belies the continuing dark trend of government secrecy in the name of government security. Redmond’s arrogant defiance of the DOI investigation was made possible because of this and his enabled rogue actions and elevation of his position and power resemble more like internecine tactics of federal government intelligence agencies than that of a local police force like the NYPD. No wonder the Blaz brought out John Miller to literally exonerate him and Redmond of their exploitation of the EPU officers, because Miller previously did public relations for the FBI before the Blaz suddenly hired him to be his “Intelligence and Counterterror Chief” for the NYPD after he won the election in 2013, a bureaucratic position that sounds entirely and presciently made up for this in plain sight coverup. Miller’s career resume also shows him transitions from corporate news and high brass executive city police positions for 3 decades, showing that Miller has acquired a certain set of skills throughout his career to put favorable spins on questionable policing and governmental policy decisions.
With less than 3 months to go in the Blaz’s abominable reign as mayor, Howard Redmond still seems untouchable after this, he could just say he was following orders after all, which he was, especially given the Blaz’s own contempt for transparency with his recidivist redacting of his city planning programs for parks, health and infrastructure hazards at NYCHA buildings and his segregation derived “affordable housing” program. Redmond’s defensive protectionist tactics against accountability at the service of de Blasio is just and apparently always has been the natural order of things as this way belated DOI report confirms. This corruption is so established that the Blaz doesn’t need to even try to fire DOI commissioner Margaret Garnett like he did to the last one.
Even though Inspector Howard Redmond has been exposed as a power tripping, unaccountable elitist, political loyalist, scumbag dirty ass cop it’s dubious this guy is ever going to get indicted or even resign since his case as been sent to Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance, who couldn’t even indict de Blasio for using his 501 C 4 Campaign for One New York as a slush fund inside City Hall and giving favored lobbyists and donors with city contracts access to policy making decisions. The best Cy could do is proclaim that the Blaz broke “the spirit of the law” and then let the unindicted mayor walk and run for mayor, getting re-elected with less than 10% of registered voters and continue running the city into the ground to this day. So the hopeful chance that Redmond will be going to Rikers is pretty much nil (would have love to see the decarceral cult demand his release).
The day before the DOI investigation of the Blaz’s police escort joyride service came out, news came out that he and his tax boondoggle wife were renovating one of their houses in Park Slope where they also misused the EPU to do recon checks of their high valued properties. So even in the face of DOI’s repot and their demand to reimburse the 320 large that was frivolously spent, Blaz and Chirlie still have tons of money to give their three story house a make over, presumably to flip it for more cash for the Blaz’s run for governor. Maybe this is how he plans to pay back the city for his and also Chirlie’s gross abuse of their NYPD security and maybe the 300,000 clams he owes the white shoe law firm the Blaz hired to defend him in his pay to play corruption trial that devastatingly never materialized.
At least now the Blaz and his trusty blackguard Redmond will have to ride alone together and the EPU will have to now have to find other things to do to pass the time. I hear there’s more guns on the streets, maybe redeploying these officers to stop daily rampant shootings will be more resourceful than shlepping around Dante de Blasio in the tri state area.