It has just been exposed that Civil rights lawyer Richard EmeryÂ has ties to the legal-aid group featured in a cop-killer video. Emery was picked by Mayor Bill de Blasio to chairÂ the Civilian Complaint Review Board,Â which investigates the publicâ€™s complaints about police brutality.
Richard Emeryâ€™s law firm supports a group called the Bronx Defenders. According to their website, “The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. ”
In early December, a rap video was created entitled “Hands Up”. In the video, two bandanna wearing black men are repeatedly shown pointing handguns at a white police officerâ€™s head. The Bronx Defenders office has a cameo in the violent music video.
The defense group not only received financial support from Richard Emeryâ€™s law firm, but since 2009 they received at least $1.5 million from the Obama Justice Department.
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Emery called the video â€œreprehensible.â€ HeÂ claims the Bronx Defenders were “duped” into participating in the video.
â€œBD does fine work as public defenders,â€ Emery said. â€œThat is why we support them.â€
The website reports, “He accused The Daily Signal of ‘doing [Patrolmenâ€™s Benevolent Association president] Pat Lynchâ€™s bidding’ to ‘stir up’ racial tensions.”
When asked how the New York Police Department could trust his fairness given these connections, Emery said, â€œI am sure your mother has connections by two, three or six degrees to a murderer.â€
The Bronx Defenders Â publicly stated it did not know the cop-killer video would contain images of police with guns to their heads, but they declined to say if the knew about the lyrics calling for the murder of police officers.
The song, “Hands Up” was released two weeks before the fatal shooting of two NYPD police officers.