NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 9:30 AM
Rudy Giuliani defended the Chicago cop charged with murder for shooting a teenager 16 times during a Fox News interview Wednesday.
Rudy Giuliani defended the Chicago cop charged with murder for shooting a teenager 16 times, saying police “had a right” to stop the knife-wielding suspect.
“First, he committed a crime,” Giuliani said of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who police claimed was attempting to break into cars before Officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed him in October 2014.
“Second, police had a right to stop him,” he continued during an interview on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday.
McDonald was armed with a 3-inch knife when Van Dyke confronted him, police said. The teen’s autopsy showed he had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system. Video of the shooting was released Tuesday — the same day Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder.
The former New York City mayor blasted Chicago during the wide-ranging interview, mentioning the city’s “out of control” crime rates but giving no specific figures.
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“There’s something really wrong with the city of Chicago. There’s a sickness in Chicago,” he said. “Their murder rate is out of control as compared to New York and some other American cities.”
Giuliani also slammed President Obama’s comment that an upcoming climate change summit in Paris would be a “powerful rebuke” to the ISIS terrorists who attacked the City of Light earlier this month, killing 130 people.
“I don’t think I have heard anything more absurd,” Giuliani said.
Obama said Tuesday that the international summit would show the terrorists “that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.”
But Giuliani did not see the meeting as an attack on terror.
“I really feel very stupid,” Giuliani said sarcastically. “I never thought of the fact that if we just wage war on global warming, we could defeat ISIS. That’s really gonna shake ‘em up. I mean, when we reduce carbon emissions, ISIS is just going to fold.”
In the wake of the Islamic extremists’ attacks — which prompted some people, including presidential candidate Donald Trump, to mull over the idea of closing mosques — Giuliani boasted about how he upped security at New York City’s Islamic worship houses when he was mayor.
“I was the first one, I believe, to put police officers in mosques,” he said.
Giuliani said he assigned the undercover missions after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The attack was planned at a mosque, he said, and had undercover cops been monitoring the facility, the attack may have never taken place, he said.
“There is no priest, there is no rabbi, there is no ministry that wouldn’t welcome an NYPD officer,” he said. “And if an imam doesn’t, I would ask why?”
The ex-mayor also appeared on MSNBC Wednesday, where he talked about reports that thousands of Muslims cheering after the 9/11 attacks.
“I heard reports of such things in New Jersey, in New York. I didn’t see it,” he said.
Trump has insisted he saw such celebration while watching a TV news report in Jersey City, N.J.