This picture speaks volumes about the different priorities of these two Mayors.
Bill de Blasio canceled his appearance at the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting and gave a powerful, frank, 30-minute speech about the grand jury decision to not charge the officer who killed Eric Garner.
Ed Lee went ahead with his appearance at a press conference celebrating holiday shopping:
— Edwin Lee (@mayoredlee) December 4, 2014
Ed Lee has yet to say anything about Eric Garner. In his statement about last week’s Ferguson protests, he made no acknowledgement of our country’s systemic racism or the justified anger behind the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. And he touted the great work of the SFPD without acknowledging that justified distrust and anger many San Franciscans have for our local police.
From the killing of Alex Nieto to the police brutality at Valencia Gardens to the ongoing corruption trial, the SFPD has a lot of work to do to earn our trust. And we need a Mayor willing to talk frankly about that.
We don’t know enough about de Blasio to say how he’s doing on police reform, but this is what it sounds like when a big city mayor talks about injustice: