Speaking to reporters Friday after his weekly meeting with the mayor, Bratton defended the security detail, which is operated by NYPD detectives, saying the officers did “what they’re trained to do.”
He added that the video “did not raise significant concerns.”
“He’s the mayor of New York and his security is paramount, much the same as the President of the United States, the governor or even for that matter the security that’s provided to me,” he said. “I’m sorry that’s the way it is.”
De Blasio’s two-car motorcade was caught on camera speeding and violating other traffic laws while returning to City Hall after a news conference Thursday in Queens. The incident happened just days after the mayor called for a crackdown on bad driving to protect pedestrians.
... The NYPD responded Thursday by saying the security detail receives “specialized training in driving based on maintaining security as well as safety” and sometimes has to use special driving techniques for protective reasons.
“At certain times, under certain conditions, this training may include the use of techniques such as maintaining speed with the general flow of traffic, and may sometimes include tactics to safely keep two or more police vehicles together in formation when crossing intersections,” the NYPD said. “The handling of police vehicles transporting any protectee is determined solely by police personnel based on their specialized training in executive protection and professional judgment.”In other words, "shut up you stupid peasant! He's royalty."