De Blasio Defends Handling of Barnard Student's Stabbing

Rich Lamb
December 20, 2019 - 12:31 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio has defended the police's handling of the stabbing death of Barnard freshman Tessa Majors, dismissing comparisons to the wrongful conviction of the Central Park Five.

A 13-year-old has already been charged with second degree felony murder in the killing of Majors. Police are continuing to search for other teens.

Some are raising the specter of a repeat of the Central Park Five, five teens who were wrongly convicted in the 1989 assault and rape of a jogger.

"It is entirely a different time and a different reality in our city and this administration, I'm proud to say, this NYPD, we could not be more different then the leaders who were in place then," de Blasio said on his WNYC broadcast on Friday.

"What happened to the Central Park Five was unconscionable. In fact, during my administration we finally provided them the settlement and the damages they deserve for all their suffering, which previous administrations refused to do."

The Central Park Five received about $40 million from the city.

The mayor said that, in the case of Majors' death, the NYPD intends to bring to justice those who were involved and only those who were involved.