A $10 million discrimination suit has already been filed by a black detective — and six others — on de Blasio’s security detail for allegedly discriminatory practices in his duties. Attorney Marshall Bellovin has cited this incident as further evidence of a “lack of transparency.”
“The text messages I’ve seen describe a plan where no one was to know that the mayor didn’t remain in his limousine after the accident. … There is even language in the texts that no one was to know about the police report concerning the accident,” Bellovin said. “The common thread between the accident and my clients’ cases is the lack of transparency.”
This is not the first incident involving members of the mayor’s personal protection detail. New York City first lady Chirlane McCray was involved in an accident that has resulted in multiple ongoing lawsuits. Redmond himself was involved in another crash in January 2018, and Christopher Pizzo involved in yet another in July 2018.
“It was nice working with you guys,” Robles texted after this latest accident, seeming to make a joke about being transferred. “Stop it,” another detective wrote, and a third agreed: “Dude really — stop! That shit happens bro!”