Petition to Impeach NY Mayor Bill de Blasio Reaches 60,000 Signatures
New York Mayor faces heavy critism for response to riots and looting
A petition calling the impeachment of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has begun to re-circulate amid criticism of his failure to appropriately respond to the riots and lootings in the city driven by protests over the death of George Floyd.
At this point, the petition - “Impeach de Blasio,” which was launched on Change.org, has accumulated more than 60,000 signatures.
As de Blasio faces backlash amid riots in the city, the petition continues to grow rapidly.
Organizers are seeking a goal of 75,000 signatures.
The petition, which was started in 2019, only just begun to gain momentum this month as controversy surrounded the protests engulfing the city.
Rioting and looting in New York have seen clashes between police officers and vandals.
The petition reads:
“Mayor Bill de Blasio is destroying New York City."
"We cannot have him continue as mayor for the next two years."
"The people of NY want change, and now is the time to act before it becomes any worse."
"This is not about being conservative, left, etc. This is about radical politics that are harming the city and being neglectful of New Yorkers."
“Crime is low? HA! It might appear that way because police cannot do their job. He ended Stop and Frisk,” the petition continues.
De Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein responded:
“The mayor is focused on keeping New Yorkers safe and reopening the city — not this nonsense that doesn’t represent the values of this city.”
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On Wednesday, De Blasio responded to his daughter's arrest during what he described as "peaceful protests" in the city.
Neon Nettle reported on Tuesday, Chiara de Blasio, 25, was arrested by police who declared that an unlawful assembly was taking place in an area of Manhattan.
“I love my daughter deeply; I honor her," de Blasio said.
"I’m proud of her that she cares so much; she was willing to go out there and do something about it.”
“She believes everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest.”
But the Mayor's comments came as riots saw Police officers being run over by cars and brutally beaten.
Just days before, the New York mayor said he would not tolerate unlawful behavior by demonstrators, but failed to take action.