Neal Kwatra, Political Strategist, Discusses Police, Protestors, and Mayor de Blasio


A recent disturbing video released on Twitter shows vital insight into the police misconduct in reaction to protestors standing on the side of justice for George Floyd in New York City.

On May 25th, George Floyd’s death was inflicted unlawfully by police during his arrest. The national shock led to an outbreak of protests, violence, destruction, and looting all over the United States. Since then, more peaceful Black Lives Matter protests have emerged internationally.

In response to the public outrage against the police force in search of justice for Floyd, many cities enforced curfews. For some areas, such as the city of New York, curfews started on June 1st at 11 p.m. and then shifted to an 8 p.m. curfew the following night.

The evening of Wednesday, June 3rd, only added additional heat to Mayor de Blasio’s already hot and full plate. On top of dealing with actions against the coronavirus spread, de Blasio labeled the controversy of Floyd’s death, “a perfect storm wrapped in another perfect storm.”

Thus, there are many New Yorkers who are speaking out against the mayor and demanding his resignation. These frustrated individuals include Hawk Newsome, local president of Black Lives Matter, and Republican councilman Eric Ulrich who is native to southeastern Queens.

Neal Kwatra, a former adviser to not only de Blasio but also Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, said, “The most charitable assessment is that his mayoralty is currently on life support.”

The disappointment from peaceful protestors came when police misconduct occurred while enforcing the curfew on Wednesday night. Outraged former aids of de Blasio expressed disapproval of the mayor’s approach and overall support of the aggressive enforcement.

A video went viral on the Twitter account of Maya Wiley, from de Blasio’s former council, that displayed the unnecessary police actions that occurred on Wednesday night. The recording showed an individual traveling home late on his bike being beaten and chased off the street by the police force. The brutality was witnessed by those stuck in traffic at the time.

Another past advisor of de Blasio, Jonathan Rosen, even prompted MSNBC news host Lawrence O’Donnell to get Mayor de Blasio’s response to such violent recordings of conflict between protesters and police in Brooklyn.

In response to the curfew requirement, Mayor de Blasio said, “In the context of crisis, in the context of curfew, there is a point where enough is enough. If officers say now is the point we need you to go home, it’s time to go home.” He stated that he witnesses much reserve from New York officers and reassured the public that necessary reviews of police action would go under review if there is a need.

On the contrary, civilian advocates like Maya Wiley displayed such actions that took place and even took an additional step further to urge onlookers from New York to file a complaint with the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

About Neal Kwatra

After three historic victories, Neal Kwatra helped guide the 2014 re-election of Governor Andrew Cuomo, serving as a political and media strategist for the campaign that led to the first time a Democrat was re-elected as Governor of New York in over two decades.