Mayor de Blasio Says Cops Were Wrong To Tow Cars for Football Game

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Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on the NYPD's decision to tow 30 cars last week so cops could park close to the field for a department flag football game. "Yeah, that can't happen again. That was wrong." said the mayor.

De Blasio also told the New York Daily News "Commissioner O'Neill knows I feel strongly on this matter and is not something we can see happen again because it undermines the faith we're trying to build between police and the community." De Blasio added, "People should not have their cars towed because someone wants to play football. I like football as much as the next guy, but that's just not appropriate, it's not fair, and it cannot happen again."

Residents of the Upper Manhattan neighborhood called the towing incident "bullying behavior" and "remarkably inconsiderate."

Last week when questioned about the relocation of the cars Commissioner O'Neill defended the move because the football game was the department's flag football championship.

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