Mayor Bill de Blasio did not answer questions about a local news report that two cars in his caravan were speeding and violating other traffic laws. Credit: Getty Images
After saying he respected NYPD security protocols, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not answer questions Friday about a local news report that two cars in his caravan committed traffic violations in Queens the day before.
Following a brief statement about the report during an unrelated press conference, de Blasio abruptly left City Hall's Blue Room to shouted questions from reporters.
During the "very, very simple statement," de Blasio referred to comments from the NYPD and its Commissioner Bill Bratton, who told reporters earlier Friday that he was "not overly concerned" about video allegedly showing the caravan making traffic violations.
"I know people have been asking questions since the media reports related to my security detail," de Blasio said in his statement. "So, very, very simple statement: You've probably, many of you probably saw Commissioner Bratton's comments earlier and Deputy Commissioner Miller's comments. I'll just respond or refer to those.
"I have great respect for NYPD security training protocols. I'm committed, obviously, to traffic safety and safe streets in NYC. That's why we put forward Vision Zero.
"Commissioner Bratton addressed the topic of my security detail earlier today. I am very comfortable with what Commissioner Bratton said and I refer to you to his comments," de Blasio said, before leaving the press conference and ignoring shouted questions.
CBS 2 reported Thursday that the mayor's two car caravan sped through Queens streets, rolling through stop signs and breaking other traffic laws.
Before the press conference, de Blasio told reporters Friday morning, "You can ask all the questions you want" at the afternoon announcement.