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The Mayor Of New York Scolds The Owner Of The Bar Accused Of Hitting N. And. Deputy With A Car

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized a Staten Island bar owner on Monday after he allegedly drove into a deputy while fleeing arrest over violating COVID-19 restrictions.

“I think his actions are extraordinarily disturbing. I think they’re disgusting,” de Blasio said during a Monday coronavirus briefing. “There is no excuse for doing something that might threaten the life of a law enforcement officer.”

The co-owner of Mac’s Public House, Danny Presti, was arrested Sunday for reopening the bar and then allegedly hitting a sheriff’s deputy “intentionally and with depraved indifference to human life,” while fleeing the scene in his car, according to criminal complaint charges, obtained by The New York Post.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized a Staten Island bar owner on Monday after he drove into a deputy while fleeing arrest over violating COVID-19 restrictions. A protester is shown above holding up an American flag as he joins others at Mac’s Public House in support of its owner and manager refusing to follow proper coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on December 03, 2020 in the Staten Island borough of New York City.
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“I’m sure this guy would say he’s all in favor of law and order,” de Blasio said Monday, referring to Presti. “He’s making a big deal about what’s happened with his bar, well guess what, law and order means when the state of New York says your bar needs to be closed, the bar needs to be closed to protect the health and safety. No excuses.”

de Blasio continued: “When you violate the law there will be consequences. If you take an action against a law enforcement officer, there will be even more consequences.”

The New York City mayor concluded that Presti “needs to suffer the appropriate consequences for what he did.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also scolded Presti on Monday.

“You don’t attack the NYPD. You don’t do it. They put their life on the line,” Cuomo said during his briefing, reported by local television station ABC7. “What signal are you sending, when you glamorize that type of behavior? Yeah, that’s right, run over the police. What? Who says that?”

The Mayor’s Office didn’t respond to Newsweek’s request for comment in time for publication.

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