Rep. Max Rose is catching flak for participating in a march on Staten Island Friday protesting police brutality following the demise of George Floyd by the hands of police in Minneapolis.
The peaceable march made its method to the 122 Police Precinct on Hylan Blvd. in New Dorp.
The Democratic congressman marched by way of the conservative borough together with a number of protesters carrying indicators studying, “Defund the NYPD.”
“Staten Island’s youth are main an extremely highly effective, peaceable motion for justice in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many Black lives which have been misplaced resulting from mindless acts of violence,” Rose stated in a tweet.
The tweet featured an image of him marching along with his spouse, Leigh, and toddler son, Miles.
However law-and-order sorts weren’t amused, notably with the march stopping on the 122 Police Pct.
“Why is Max Rose indicting each cop in the nation proper now? That’s what he’s doing,” stated Sergeant Benevolent Affiliation president Ed Mullins.
“Rose has been in search of the backing of regulation enforcement the previous two years. You possibly can’t have it each methods,” he stated.
He added, “Ought to we march in entrance Congressman Rose’s workplace as a result of some politicians are responsible of corruption?”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis — Rose’s probably Republican opponent this fall for the 11th congressional district seat overlaying Staten Island and southern Brooklyn — additionally criticized his participation.
“Congressman Max Rose participating in demonstration the place marchers chanted ‘Defund the Police’ and carried indicators saying ‘Blue Lives Homicide’ is a shame,” she stated.
“Together with wanting to shut Rikers Island, launch harmful criminals with no bail and believing that inmates over 50 years outdated must be sprung from jail, it highlights dangerous and harmful beliefs that when once more proves that he’s simply one other liberal who will say or do something to get reelected.”
Staten Island is named a cop-friendly borough and thought of a swing district in the final election.
President Trump simply carried the congressional district in opposition to Democratic Hillary Clinton in the 2006 election.
However Rose upset GOP incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Rose, a fight Military veteran who earlier this week known as for the deployment of the Nationwide Guard to cease looting and violence in town, defended his participation in the March.
Of Mullins’ criticism, Rose stated, “I by no means thought I’d see the day when the top of the SBA would change into a snowflake who wants a protected house.”
In response to Malliotakis, he stated, “The nation is in ache, so younger Staten Islanders labored with the NYPD to prepare a peaceable protest and Nicole’s take away is to assault the youngsters?
“Simply this week she praised these marches as ‘setting an instance for the nation’ till I walked with younger individuals in our borough,” he stated.
“Nicole is a fraud and if she thinks individuals don’t see that, she’s extra delusional than Invoice de Blasio.”
His spokesperson stated Rose has supported police by backing completely funding the 9/11 Sufferer Compensation Fund, serving to move the Public Security Officer Pandemic Response Act and securing $170 million in counterterrorism funding for the NYPD.
He additionally stated Rose blasted the bail reform regulation and known as for fixes.