An NYPD union chief denied victim blaming Tessa Majors when he said in an interview that the Barnard College freshman was buying weed before being brutally murdered in Morningside Park last week.
Ed Mullins, the president of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, tried to clear the air in a Monday night letter, saying that “Mayor de Blasio and other critics have taken and twisted the words.”
In the Sunday morning interview on John Catsimatidis’ radio show, Mullins said that Majors “was in the park to buy marijuana” when she was killed at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The mayor quickly pounced on the comments, tweeting Sunday night that “We don’t shame victims in this city.”
But Mullins insisted that wasn’t his intention when he made the “weed” reference.
“As I thought was clear and obvious, in no way did I intend to suggest on any level that some type of blame toward Tessa Majors was warranted,” said Mullins in the Monday night’s letter.
He offered an apology to the Majors’ family, who earlier Monday slammed him for his choice of words, which the family said “intentionally or unintentionally direct blame onto Tess…”
The SBA head said his real message was that crime has risen due to the department’s lax enforcement of low-level offenses.
Mullins said his radio comments were meant to convey “that non-enforcement of minor crimes in this City has contributed to an undisclosed rise in the rate of crime in many of the City’s neighborhoods, Morningside Park included.”
He further explained that, “My intent was to illustrate that the City administration continues to deceive its citizens into believing that it is a safe City, yet the truth is that crime is on the rise, and neighborhoods which used to be safe are no longer safe.”