Bernard Kerik, the former New York City Police commissioner, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Friday that if Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of Seattle, the 6-block “autonomous zone” that banned police officers would no longer be a problem.
“I do know one thing, if Mayor Giuliani was in charge of Seattle and that happened, I would be out of a job or they’d be gone within an hour.”
Kerik, an Army veteran, was named the NYPD commissioner in 2000 and he grew to national prominence during his work with then-Mayor Guiliani after the attacks on Sept. 11.
He said the situation in the Seattle encampment is dangerous; police are not able to fully access an abandoned police station, and there are so-called “security guards” carrying AR-15s protecting the “autonomous zone.”
Kerik said the crisis in Seattle is similar to looting and violence in other Democrat-controlled cities that are dangerous for the black community in even the best of times.
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He pointed to New York City. He said some of the Big Apple’s most legendary streets are in ruin thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city’s “radical, leftist mayor” who told police to treat rioters with a “light touch.”
“Whether you go up Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue—go through SoHo, the Diamond Exchange—these were some of the most expensive streets in the United States of America and they are completely destroyed,” he said. “The businesses, the shops, the stores…bank windows… because the mayor wanted to address this with a ‘light touch’ instead of putting the resources necessary to do the job and secure the city.”
Kerik said it was sadly not surprising. He said to take a look across the country. He said that cities like New York, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Chicago have all suffered serious losses under their Democrat leadership. After all, he said, these are the same cities that cannot keep their black communities safe even in the best of times.
“It’s those same mayors that now have retreated, have backed off, have cowered to this unrest by a group of Marxist, radical-leftist lunatics, and I think the end result, and the worst thing we’ve seen yet, is the takeover—the actual takeover of the 6-block radius in Seattle.”
Giuliani, his old boss, has also been critical of de Blasio’s treatment of police and actions in office to defend the city against looting and vandalism.
“The Democrat Party seems to have declared political war on law enforcement. They have taken a knee in response to rioting and looting in our streets,” Giuliani tweeted. “If we do not re-elect @realDonaldTrump in November, our entire country will be forced to submit to socialism and anarchy!”
He also tweeted that in 2019, blacks and Hispanics accounted for 88 percent of the murder and non-negligent manslaughter victims in the city. He said the Democrat call to defund the police will result “8X to 9X greater victimization for blacks and Hispanics.”
“The MSM will not tell you this because it doesn’t fit the Democrat war on police,” he said.