New York City Mayor Eric Adams slammed former mayor Rudy Giuliani for ‘using police to carry out [his] agenda’ after he had a Staten Island supermarket worker arrested for assault, citing video that he says seems to undermine the former city leader’s account of the incident.
‘I looked at the video,’ Adams said Tuesday. ‘I would like to remind former mayor Giuliani that falsely reporting a crime is a crime.’
Adams said not only should Giuliani be investigated for filing a false police report over the alleged assault, but that he’s also asked Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell to look into the arrest of ShopRite worker Daniel Gill, 39.
Gill can a be seen on security video patting Giuliani on the back during a campaign stop for Andrew Giuliani, who is running for New York State governor.
He then reportedly says to the former mayor: ‘What’s up, scumbag?’
New York 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 that he could be the one investigated next.
In recounting the crime on a Facebook Live feed, Giuliani, who also worked on the 2020 Trump re-election campaign, said Gill’s touch ‘felt like a boulder.’
‘His intent was to cause serious harm,’ Giuliani said in a Facebook video. ‘I could have fallen and cracked my skull and died.’
ShopRite worker 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 comes in 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 passed and then quickly off screen.
Giuliani said Gill was berating him about ‘killing ladies,’ a reference to the ex-mayor’s pro-life stance.
The ex-city leader said that the blow to the back pitched him forward and nearly knocked him down.
Rudy Giuliani, 78, discusses his encounter with a supermarket worker during a campaign stop for his son, Andrew, who is running for governor
Giuliani was in Staten Island campaigning for his son, Andrew, when he was struck by a disgruntled supermarket worker, upset over the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade
Giuliani said he turned to a retired detective in the group and said, ‘Let’s get him arrested. Let’s make an example out of him.’
Adams wasn’t having it. He said that when he saw the video he did not see an assault.
‘From what he stated about being punched in the head, felt like a bullet, from what he stated there was a lot of creativity,’ Adams said. ‘I think the district attorney – he’s got the wrong person who he is investigating,’ he said and repeated: ‘To falsely report a crime is a crime.’
Adams made no mistake that he felt that Giuliani had crossed a line during a time when many question the fairness of the criminal justice system.
‘If this video hadn’t been there, this person would have been charged with punching the former mayor, he would have been charged with all these offenses that did not materialize. I saw that video.’
Daniel Gill, 39, outside his Staten Island home after his arraignment on misdemeanor charges that he assaulted former Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gill, pictured here with his lawyer Susan Platis, appears in court during his arraignment for third-degree assault 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 downgraded the charges to third-degree misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor menacing.
He was released without bail and declined to comment on the charges, but his lawyer’s version hews closely with what Adams saw.
‘Given Mr. Giuliani’s obsession with seeing his name in the press and his demonstrated propensity to distort the truth, we are happy to correct the record on exactly what occurred over the weekend on Staten Island,’ Legal Aid spokesman Redmond Haskins said.
Gill is suspended from his supermarket job, pending termination, according to ShopRite.
One eye-witness, Rita Rogova, said she thought it was a hard slap.
‘He’s a senior citizen,’ she said. ‘No matter what your political views are, no one should be hit.’
Adams said from the video, it could have been a friendly gesture, not an assault.
‘The guy walked by and basically 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 that he was not punched in the head.’
The current mayor said he’s taken steps to see that the arrest is reviewed by the NYPD.
‘I’m having a conversation with the police commissioner about if that was a falsely reported crime,’ he said.
Giuliani was blunt about what he thought of Adams’ opinion: ‘Tell Adams to go f**k himself,’ he told the New York Post. ‘What a f**king scumbag.’
‘Eric Adams doesn’t know what he’s f**king talking about,’ he said. ‘He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I didn’t file the complaint. His police department filed the report. The police department did an investigation. The police interviewed witnesses.’
Then the former mayor slighted Adams reputation when he was a captain on the NYPD.
‘Let him talk to his police department,’ Giuliani told the Post. ‘He probably can’t do that. The cops probably won’t talk to him. They don’t trust him. He must’ve been a bad cop.’
The Staten Island District Attorney declined to comment to The New York Times on the charges, saying it was an ongoing case and pending investigation.
‘Here’s my fear,’ Adams said about the interaction. ‘If you don’t have a video and someone of prominence makes an allegation against you you should not have to wait for a video to determine that you did nothing wrong.’
‘He’s a former mayor and I think it’s irresponsible for a former mayor,’ he added. ‘You can’t use sensationalism to carry out your own agenda and you can’t use police to carry out your own agenda.’