New York mayor and failed presidential candidate Bill de Blasio ordered his New York police security detail to drive his son to Yale University on multiple occasions.
The New York Police Department detail transported Dante de Blasio to and from school seven or eight different times during his freshman year, and also took him to visit his uncle who lives near the school, according to the New York Daily News. A former member of the security said the decision had little to do with the younger de Blasio's safety.
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"There was no justification," a former member of the detail told the Daily News. "If you were told to bring him home from Yale, that’s what we did."
The son did not face any security threats at the time and decided his sophomore year he would rather take the train to school, according to the source.
The city's Department of Investigation is conducting a probe into de Blasio's actions. A spokesperson for de Blasio denied any wrongdoing.
In August, the Daily News also reported that de Blasio ordered his protective unit to move his daughter out of her apartment in Brooklyn. New York first lady Chirlane McCray oversaw the move.
De Blasio dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary after failing to garner any support among voters. A poll taken in August found that he is the most unpopular political figure in all of New York state with a higher negativity rating than President Donald Trump.
He is especially unpopular among the rank and file of the New York Police Department. The police union ripped de Blasio for ignoring New York City while running for president and called on him to step down.
"The only thing @NYCMayor's presidential campaign accomplished was the alienation of hard-working NYers & the deepening of serious divisions in our city, especially between his administration & NYC police officers. He needs to either step aside or be removed…" the union wrote on Twitter.
"The only thing @NYCMayor's presidential campaign accomplished was the alienation of hard-working NYers & the deepening of serious divisions in our city, especially between his administration & NYC police officers. He needs to either step aside or be removed…" pic.twitter.com/HmrgzWSqo3
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) September 20, 2019