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De Blasio defends call to NYPD about ally arrest

February 13, 2014 By Jonathan Lemire Associated Press
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending a call he made to police in which he inquired about a political supporter’s arrest.

De Blasio made the call after the Monday evening arrest of Orlando Findlayter. He is a bishop and was a member of the mayor’s inaugural committee.

De Blasio, a Democrat, said Thursday that the call was “appropriate.” He says it is unusual for a clergy member to be arrested and he wanted to know what had happened.

Findlayter was given a desk appearance ticket and allowed to leave. Police have said the decision to let him go was made before de Blasio’s call.

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Some groups have criticized the mayor’s involvement.

De Blasio says he would take similar actions in the future on “a case-by-case basis.”

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