Guardian Angels Founder Curtis Sliwa Arrested After Apparent Media Stunt


The founder of New York City’s Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa, was arrested after trying to serve Mayor Bill de Blasio with a lawsuit outside of his home on Tuesday morning, according to The New York Post.

Sliwa, a radio host and chairman of the Reform Party was handcuffed and given a desk-appearance ticket for disorderly conduct after allegedly throwing the court papers at de Blasio’s motorcade outside Gracie Mansion.

“He ordered them to cuff me and arrest me and called for cop cars from the 19th Precinct. You would have thought I was Pablo Shorty Guzman,” Sliwa told reporters after his release, apparently trying to reference Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. “There were 20 officers and four cars,” he said.

According to Politico, the paperwork Sliwa was trying to serve de Blasio was related to the Reform Party’s attempt to get de Blasio and some other candidates off the Working Families Party ballot line after claiming that city election rules had been violated in how the candidate were selected.

The man overseeing the Reform Party lawsuit, New York State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo of Staten Island, reportedly required the mayor to be served no later than July 26.

A spokesman for the NYPD reportedly said in a statement that “Sliwa refused to move from the road and attempted to interfere with the departure of the motorcade. Sliwa was physically removed and charged with disorderly conduct.”

“This is what you get. You try to serve papers to the mayor and they lock you up,” said Sliwa. “Mayor’s late. On his way to Park Slope to do his workout, probably won’t get to City Hall ‘til 11. And he locks me up. I’ve been up since 5 o’clock this morning. Nice guy, stand-up guy.”

Sliwa is due in Manhattan criminal court Sept. 25, according to The Post.

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