New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, reportedly used New York Police Department officers to help his daughter move, according to the New York Daily News.
Multiple sources told the Daily News that about a year ago, members of de Blasio’s security detail, the Executive Protection Unit, went to his daughter Chiara’s Brooklyn apartment one night and loaded her belongings into unmarked Sprinter vans, moving them to Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence.
“They used detectives and department vehicles on city time to move his daughter,” one source said.
According to one source within the Executive Protection Unit, the move was overseen by de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray. City Hall reportedly did not deny her involvement in the move.
Other sources said that this type of unconventional use of the security detail by the mayor is not as uncommon as one might hope. One said of de Blasio, “You can’t question him,” and another said “It’s just part of the job. You just do it out of respect.”
News of the abuse of resources adds on to the shaky reputation of the Executive Protection Unit, which was involved in an alleged cover-up of a traffic accident de Blasio’s vehicle was involved in. De Blasio was pushing street safety measures at the time of the accident, which occurred while his vehicle was driving the wrong way down a Harlem street.
More recently, de Blasio’s detail lost track of a bullet-resistant vest after actor Michael K. Williams wore it during an on-stage appearance with the mayor last week.
The EPU is run by Inspector Howard Redmond, who would’ve had to sign off on the use of officers for de Blasio’s daughter’s move. Redmond has been the target of numerous discrimination lawsuits from former unit members, which an NYPD spokesman has called “unfair and inaccurate.”