This week, as protests have been growing to demand action regarding the murder of Eric Garner, Mayor de Blasio met with Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, along with other members of Eric’s family. In 2015, he met with tennis star James Blake—who was unjustly brutalized and arrested by NYPD Officer James Frascatore—because Blake is a “prominent person.”
Gwen Carr and James Blake didn’t ask or demand to meet with de Blasio.
The mayor went out of his way to make sure those meetings happened because of politics. And he made sure the press knew about those meetings.