De Blasio on daughter's arrest at protest: 'I'm proud of her that she cares so much'

David Caplan
June 01, 2020 - 11:02 am
Chiara de Blasio

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday defended his 25-year-old daughter Chiara after she was arrested for unlawful assembly at a protest near Union Square Saturday night.

"I love my daughter deeply, I honor her," he said at his briefing. 

"She's such a good human being, she only wants to do good in the world, she wants to see a better and more peaceful world. She believes a lot of change is needed," de Blasio said. "I'm proud of her that she cares so much and was willing to go out there and do something about it."

De Blasio said he and his wife Chirlane were surprised to hear about his daughter's arrest and learned about it through the media.

"If I had known that my daughter was arrested I would have been the first to say something," he said.

Chiara was taken into custody around 10:30 p.m. for unlawful assembly at Broadway and 12th Street, just two blocks south of Union Square in lower Manhattan.

She, along with about 100 other people were instructed to clear the street but they refused, NY1 reported.

The New York Post reported that she gave her address as 181 East End Avenue, which is Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s Upper East Side residence.