Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday defended NYCHA’s six-figure hiring of the disgraced former NYPD cop convicted in connection to the notorious sexual assault of Abner Louima.
“If someone has paid their debt to society, they are supposed to go on with their lives,” Hizzoner told reporters when asked at an unrelated press conference about Charles Schwarz’s lucrative gig as a NYCHA carpenter.
“This person paid his debt to society, and we do not discriminate against people once that is complete,” de Blasio said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Once sentenced to five years in federal prison for perjury stemming from the vicious 1997 attack inside Brooklyn 70th Precinct station house, Schwarz now rakes in $356 per day as a carpenter with the city’s Housing Authority.
Last year, he cleared more than $114,000 including overtime, public records show.
De Blasio shrugged off concerns about someone with Schwarz’ record working at NYCHA, which itself has struggled with allegations of fraud and cover-ups in recent years.
“We do not assume that something bad is going to happen in the future,” he said. “It’s not guilty until proven innocent.
“Once someone has paid their debt to society, they get an opportunity to go back to their lives.”
Additional reporting by Aaron Feis
Source: Read Full Article