New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking heat for jetting off to Germany to join G-20 protesters on Thursday, a day after an NYPD cop was assassinated in the Bronx.
De Blasio departed Thursday evening and kept his plans to join protest events in Hamburg relatively quiet until he left. He is expected to attend several events surrounding the G-20 summits in the next two days, de Blasio's press secretary Eric Phillips wrote on Twitter. De Blasio will also be a main speaker at the Saturday demonstration "Hamburg Zeigt Haltung," or "Hamburg Shows Attitude."
The mayor's abrupt departure for Germany left him skipping a swearing-in ceremony for 524 new NYPD recruits. It also came a day after NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was shot in the head and killed while sitting in her police vehicle in the Bronx.