When New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s ally pastor Orlando Findlayter was arrested for outstanding warrants and failure to appear in court, he was saved from a night in jail following a call from the mayor to the NYPD.
Though the mayor’s office insists that de Blasio did not request Findlayter’s release, Sergeant Ed Mullings of the Sergeants Benevolent Association said that “if a guy has a warrant, you don’t let him go. Period.”
Following Findlayter’s release, the New York Post’s Aaron Short and Jeane MacIntosh reported that Findlayter had much more than two outstanding warrants. According to the report, Findlayter, was evicted from the building that housed his church after falling $45,000 behind in rent, has had his house foreclosed twice, failed to file tax returns for three consecutive years for one of his nonprofits, Churches United to Save and Heal, and previously missed a court date after a woman sued him for having fallen down the stairs in his church.
Findlayter, who supported de Blasio during the mayor’s campaign and helped to bring in the black vote for him, was a member of de Blasio’s inaugural committee.