NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s “proud” of his daughter, Chiara, after the 25-year-old was arrested during a protest in the city over the weekend.
“I love my daughter deeply, I honor her. I’m proud of her that she cares so much, she was willing to go out there and do something about it,” de Blasio said Tuesday.
“She was acting peacefully,” the mayor said, claiming he and his wife asked their daughter to “recount” everything that happened the night she was arrested. “She believes everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest.”
“I trust my daughter. She is an incredibly good human being,” he continued.
“This is not someone who would not ever commit any violence,” he said. “She was very clear that she believed she was following the instructions of police officers and doing what they were asking. I admire that she was out there trying to change something she thought was unjust and trying to do something in a peaceful manner.”
The New York Post reports 25-year-old Chiara de Blasio was arrested for unlawful assembly Sunday after she and her group protesters reportedly blocked traffic and refused to move. Police reports state she was with about 100 people at the time, saying there was “yelling and screaming and unknown objects were being thrown in the direction of the police.” The arrest report states Chiara and her crowd was asked to move, but “refused to do so.”
She was later released after being given a desk appearance ticket.