New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is in a tough spot after one of his aides was arrested for illegal weapons possession earlier this week. According to a report by the New York Post, the aide in question, Reagan Stevens, was double-parked near the scene of a Saturday night shooting when she was arrested.
Stevens was accompanied by two young men…and a semi-automatic pistol:
“A loaded, 9mm semi-automatic pistol with its serial number defaced was hidden in the car’s glovebox, and there was a spent shell casing on the floor near Stevens’ feet in the rear of the 2002 dark red Infiniti SUV, law enforcement sources said.”
To make matters worse, the report also details that Stevens worked with youth, pushing a law raising preventing the prosecution of kids as adults for non-violent crimes until age 18. The age of the law in New York is currently 16.
Neither Stevens nor the young men admitted to owning the weapon, which led to charges for the gun’s serial number being obscured. Charges were also levied for the gun being loaded.
There is little information on the nature of the relationship between Stevens and the young men, but according to the Post, it was not romantic in nature.
The problem the situation poses for Mayor Bill de Blasio is that he has come out in favor of stricter gun laws, and even participated in a walkout last month staged by students around the country following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed the lives of 17 students and staff. Time will tell whether or not his commitment to curbing gun violence involves protecting one of his staff in such hot water on that very issue.
The trio is due back in court on April 24, and more details surrounding the bizarre incident are sure to surface:
“Stevens was released on her own recognizance, according to a spokeswoman for the Queens DA’s office. Meanwhile, Forbes was held on $3,500 bail or $7,500 bond, and Hughes was held on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.”
For now, Reagan Stevens has been immediately suspended without pay, according to the Office of Criminal Justice spokesman Patrick Gallahue.
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