Bloomberg Responds to Cop Acquittal

Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t say much this morning in response to news that two NYPD officers were acquitted of rape accusations leveled against them by a woman who said she was drunk and assaulted back in 2008.

Speaking on his weekly radio show, the mayor said the NYPD Commissioner, Ray Kelly “fired them right away,” referring to the two cops, who were found guilty of three counts of official misconduct for each time they returned to the woman’s East Village apartment that night.

“What we have to deal with is whatever the jury decided; that it” said the mayor.

Soon after, the mayor’s co-host, John Gambling, switched the conversation to charter schools.

Later on in the radio interview, Bloomberg was asked about the ticket-fixing scandal that prosecutors allege may involve dozens, if not hundreds, of police officers in the NYPD. “Ray Kelly is all over it,” said Bloomberg. “This is embarrassing to the greatest police department in the world.”

At 5 p.m. “hundreds of feminists” will protest outside Manhattan Criminal Court, at 100 Centre Street, to rally against the “Rape Cop” acquittal, according to organizers.

City Councilman Jumaane Williams, of Brooklyn sent out a statement saying he hopes the verdict yesterday doesn’t dissuade other sexual assault victims from seeking justice against their attackers.