Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons stopped by the Ebro in the Morning show on HOT 97 Thursday morning, and the conversation quickly turned to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s inability to curb police brutality, especially police violence against African-Americans.
It didn’t take long for the music mogul to get fired up — so much so that he called de Blasio a “punk” twice and a “bitch” once. Why? Because, according to Simmons, “police commissioner [Bill Bratton] is bullying our punk mayor that we worked so hard to put in office.” In other words, despite the Mayor’s initial election, he doesn’t seem to be getting anything done.
[Mayor de Blasio] knows his kids are at risk. He knows that if a cop shoots his kid and there is no footage, that cop is not getting charged. And that’s because there are no special prosecutors. There should be independent prosecutors who don’t work for the police who have to look at these cases individually.
Simmons wasn’t done just yet. He went on to criticize both the NYPD for turning it’s back on the mayor at the funeral of a slain police officer, and de Blasio for not responding with any kind of force:
He should have told them, “turn around or go home.” He should have told them. He got the police commissioner pushing him around like he’s a bitch. And it’s shocking to me that he’s not stood up for the people of New York.
Much of the discussion circled around whether or not special prosecutors without ties to the NYPD, or any other interested parties, should be appointed in cases involving police brutality. Simmons claims New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised this could and would happen, but notes that it hasn’t yet.
In response, the Mayor’s office issued a statement to Capital New York:
At Mayor de Blasio’s direction, Commissioner Bratton has retrained officers and stopped excessive stop and frisk which the Mayor believes led to unconstitutional searches of innocent people of color but did nothing to reduce crime overall.
We also welcome and encourage Mr. Simmons’ help with convincing Albany and the Governor’s Office to reform rental regulations by ending vacancy control and developer bonuses, as well as the exorbitant tax credits that developers get without building any affordable housing.
These reforms would go a long way toward helping people of color find and keep homes they can afford.
Check out the interview below, courtesy of HOT 97:
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