By: Hadassa Kalatizadeh
Charges have been dropped for a Staten Island man who allegedly attacked former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani—but now, the man is suing for wrongful arrest. As reported by the NY Post, on Thursday, the former Shoprite employee, Daniel Gill, arrested for felony assault, filed a $2 million notice of claim against the city. “The video taken of the encounter shows Mr. Gill either ‘tapping’ or ‘patting’ Giuliani on the back, in an effort to get his attention so Mr. Gill could deliver his message,” reads the notice of claim.
The 78-year-old former mayor Giuliani had gotten a good scare when he was allegedly slapped heavily on the back by a man who then berated him with curses and accusations. Mr. Giuliani was out campaigning for his son, Andrew, who was running for NYS governor, but who was defeated in the GOP primary. “All of a sudden, I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani said, describing the incident which occurred on June 26, at the Shoprite in Staten Island, on Veteran’s Road. “I feel this tremendous pain in my back, and I’m thinking, what the — I didn’t even know what it was,” he recalled. “All of a sudden, I hear this guy say, ‘You’re a f–king scumbag,’ then he moves away so nobody can grab him…And he says, ‘You, you’re one of the people that’s gonna kill women. You’re gonna kill women,’ ” Giuliani said, quoting the suspect, who apparently had a strong opinion regarding the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling made by the Supreme Court.
The former Republican mayor, who had been famed as tough on crime, had called the cops. The store employee was arrested for felony assault charges. “I’m like,‘I’m gonna get this guy arrested as an example that you can’t do this. And I said, also, in New York, we don’t prosecute people anymore And one of the reasons I brought crime down is I didn’t ignore stuff like this,” said Giuliani who served as a lawyer for former President Donald Trump.
Since then, however, all charges have been dropped against Gill, who had a clean record. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the criminal case entirely, so long as he stays out of trouble for the next six months. Gill claims that he never should have been arrested, and that all he did was “pat” or “tap” Giuliani on the back and call him a “scumbag.” As per the Post, Gill is suing the city for $2 million and says the video is testament that he didn’t commit any crime. Following his arrest, the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office downgraded Gill’s felony charges to misdemeanor assault and harassment. NYC Mayor Eric Adams had commented in June, criticizing Giuliani for filing a police report. “I looked at the video and someone needs to remind former Mayor Giuliani that falsely reporting a crime is a crime,” Adams had said.
“As we have maintained since this case began, Daniel Gill, who had no prior contact with the criminal legal system, did not commit any criminal act and this outcome, which will ultimately result in the dismissal of the case in its entirety, reflects that reality,” Gill’s Legal Aid attorney for the criminal case, Susan Platis, said in a statement.