NYC mayor slams Giuliani for claiming he was punched by grocery clerk
New York Mayor Eric Adams scolded former mayor Rudy Giuliani for ‘using the police to carry out’ [his] agenda” after he had an employee of a Staten Island grocery store arrested for assault, citing a video he believes appears to undermine the former city leader’s account of the incident.
“I watched the video,” Adams said Tuesday. “I want to remind former Mayor Giuliani that making a false report is a crime.”
Adams said not only should Giuliani be investigated for filing a false police report on the alleged attack, but he has also asked Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell to investigate the arrest of ShopRite employee Daniel Gill, 39.
Gill can be seen on a security video patting Giuliani on the back during a campaign stop for Andrew Giuliani, who is running for governor of New York State.
Then he reportedly says to the former mayor, “What is it, motherfucker?”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams called Rudy Giuliani “irresponsible” for having a supermarket worker arrested for tapping him on the back.
Adams called his predecessor “irresponsible” for “sensationalizing” the interaction and warned Giuliani he could be next.
Speaking about the crime on a Facebook Live feed, Giuliani, who also worked on Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, said Gill’s touch “felt like a boulder.”
“His intent was to cause serious damage,” Giuliani said in a Facebook video. “I could have fallen and cracked my skull and died.”
ShopRite employee Daniel Gill, 39, seen here touching Giuliani’s back during a campaign stop for his son, Andrew
The grainy black and white store security video shows the ex-mayor from behind, a group of people around him. Gill enters from the bottom of the frame and pats Giuliani on the back.
The former mayor turns as Gill continues to address him as he walks by, then quickly disappears from the screen.
Giuliani said Gill scolded him for “killing ladies,” a reference to the ex-mayor’s pro-life stance.
The ex-city leader said the blow to his back threw him forward and nearly knocked him down.
Rudy Giuliani, 78, discusses meeting a grocery store worker during a campaign layoff for his son, Andrew, who is running for governor
Giuliani was in Staten Island campaigning for his son, Andrew, when he was beaten by a disgruntled grocery store clerk, upset that Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Giuliani said he turned to a retired detective in the group and said, “Let’s arrest him. Let’s make an example of him.”
Adams didn’t have it. He said when he saw the video, he didn’t see an attack.
“From what he said about a blow to the head, it felt like a bullet, from what he said there was a lot of creativity,” Adams said. “I think the prosecutor — he’s got the wrong person he’s investigating,” he said, repeating, “Wrongly reporting a crime is a crime.”
Adams made no mistake that he thought Giuliani had crossed a line at a time when many are questioning the fairness of the criminal justice system.
“Had it not been for this video, this person would have been charged with beating the former mayor, he would have been charged with all these crimes that have not come true. I saw that video.’
Daniel Gill, 39, outside his Staten Island home following his misconduct charge of assaulting former Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gill, pictured here with his attorney Susan Platis, appears in court during his third-degree assault charge on Giuliani
Gill, of Staten Island, was released without bail after being arrested
Gill was originally charged with second-degree assault, a felony, but the Staten Island prosecutor later lowered the charge to third-degree assault and felony threat.
He was released without bail and declined to comment on the charges, but his attorney’s version closely reflects what Adams saw.
“Given Giuliani’s obsession with seeing his name in the press and his demonstrated tendency to twist the truth, we’re happy to correct the record on exactly what happened over the weekend on Staten Island,” said Redmond Haskins spokesperson. Redmond Haskins.
Gill has been suspended from his grocery store job, according to ShopRite, pending termination.
An eyewitness, Rita Rogova, said she thought it was a hard blow.
“He’s an elderly person,” she said. “Whatever your political views, no one should be touched.”
Based on the video, Adams said it could have been a friendly gesture, not an attack.
“The man walked by and actually patted him on the back. I don’t know if he said ‘congratulations’. I don’t know what he said to him, but it was clear he wasn’t hit on the head.’
The current mayor said he has taken steps to ensure the arrest is reviewed by the NYPD.
“I have a conversation with the police commissioner whether it was a falsely reported crime,” he said.
Giuliani was blunt about what he thought of Adams’ opinion: “Tell Adams to fuck himself,” he told the New York Post† ‘What an asshole.’
“Eric Adams doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” he said. “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I have not filed the complaint. His police department filed a report. Police have launched an investigation. The police have heard witnesses.’
Then the former mayor dismissed Adam’s reputation as a captain of the NYPD.
“Let him talk to his police station,” Giuliani told the Post. “He probably can’t. The police probably don’t want to talk to him. They don’t trust him. He must have been a bad cop.’
The Staten Island District Attorney declined to comment on: The New York Times on the allegations, saying it was an ongoing case and pending investigation.
“Here’s my fear,” Adams said of the interaction. “If you don’t have a video and someone famous makes an accusation against you, you don’t have to wait for a video to determine that you haven’t done anything wrong.”
“He is a former mayor and I think it is irresponsible for a former mayor,” he added. “You cannot use sensationalism to carry out your own agenda and you cannot use the police to carry out your own agenda.”