De Blasio intercedes after supporter arrested
February 11th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
5 months ago

De Blasio intercedes after supporter arrested

Updated 2:29 p.m. ET, 2/12/2014

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called a top city police official to ask that she "take care" of an arrest that involved a member of his inaugural committee, two law enforcement sources said Tuesday.

The revelation that the mayor's supporter was released after perhaps receiving special treatment is helping spawn what could be his first political scandal, just over a month after taking office.

Police in Brooklyn on Monday night arrested Bishop Orlando Findlayter for driving with a suspended license after they pulled him over for allegedly making an illegal turn and checked his driver's license.

As Findlayter waited at the precinct for processing, police ran his name and learned he had two warrants for his failure to answer summonses he had received for disorderly conduct in October.

The sources say that normal police procedure is for people with warrants to be held until they can appear in court.

Because the arrests in this case happened late Monday night, it would have required him to spend the night in jail.

Sources say de Blasio called Deputy Chief Kim Royster, the commanding officer of the police department's press office, around midnight on her cell phone to inquire about the arrest.

"We always inquiries from the mayor's office and the inquiry we received is if this individual was arrested or taken into custody," Royster told the Wall Street Journal.

It was not clear why de Blasio called a top chief assigned to the press office to inquire about the arrest.

Sources say the chief has ties to Brooklyn clergy with which Findlayter has some association.

Findlayter, the pastor of the New Hope Christian Church in Queens, endorsed de Blasio during his campaign for mayor.

Sources say that as part of the agreement to release him Monday night, Findlayter was supposed to appear in court on Tuesday to settle the outstanding warrants, but he never showed up.

Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful. The police department did not respond to a CNN inquiry for comment.

De Blasio's office said the mayor "reached out to" Royster for "clarification" that a"respected local clergyman" had been arrested.

A source with knowledge of the matter said police made the decision to send Findlayter home prior to any call from the mayor, who did not ask that he be released.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. northborough dan

    Idiot. You just can't pull this crap anymore. Ask C.C.

    February 11, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Neutral Observer

    This is just so disappointing. He ought to be thrown out on his rear.

    February 11, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. yolanda

    Oh my, could it be that the new mayor is no more than the same old same old that everyone is/was so tired of? Shocking.

    February 11, 2014 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Scandal? He did what any concerned boss would do.

    February 11, 2014 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Favoritism , he should have posted bail like every body else with outstanding warrants .

    New York City , call a fixer to get out of jail , call an exterminator if you have a rodent problem .

    February 11, 2014 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. S. B. Stein

    This is a bad move. There should be no intervention unless there was a question of procedure or corruption against those police who arrested the individual.

    February 11, 2014 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. Eric Bishop

    Hey New York! "Good luck with all of that."

    February 11, 2014 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. Rob

    Typical Democrat. Laws don't apply except when they gain from it

    February 12, 2014 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  9. croaton999

    Typical liberal cronyism that CNN would rather not report on. It seems a bridge in NJ is far more important as it relates to abuse of power and a conservitive.

    February 12, 2014 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  10. Steve- Illinois

    Typical liberal hypocrites.

    February 12, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  11. RandyIA

    I'm sure this idea will be blasted before I hit post, but will this get the same coverage as Bridgegate? Or because he is a Dem will it just be pushed to the side?

    February 12, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  12. RandyIA

    As a second thought, I'm not trying to compare the actual events of bridgegate, to arrestgate (it won't stick but it's fun to say). I'm comparing the possible abuse of power by both individuals.

    February 12, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  13. smith

    I knew this guy was trouble. I guess this will be Find-Blasiogate.

    February 12, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |