Staten Islander Eric Garner tragically died while resisting a lawful arrest for the street sale of untaxed cigarettes, and while race hustler Bill De Blasio exploited his death at the expense of the police by downplaying the poor man's criminal activity the mayor's lawyers otherwise were filing a racketeering lawsuit in the federal courts to crack down on contraband tobacco as reported by Bruce Golding for the New York Post.
Of course, the mayor ordered his lawyers to quash a news release about the groundbreaking lawsuit in order to keep him from looking like a loathsome hypocrite:
"You can't have the mayor blabbing away that selling loosies is a 'minor offense,' but then have the Law Department, which represents and protects the city and the mayor's interests, file this suit," the official said. "It reeks of duplicity."
Du Plicity, thy name is De Blasio!
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