Apologize to Mary Murphy, WPIX News Reporter
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Dear Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly
On Monday, August 6, 2012, news reporter Ms. Mary Murphy of news station WPIX Channel 11 (pictured above) posed a question to you about the June sale of 28,000 lbs. of shell casings (spent) from the New York Police Department's firing range located in the Bronx to an ammunition dealer in the state of Georgia.
Ms. Mary Murphy simply asked you if the city would be able to change its policy so that ammunition dealers would not be able to get access to the aforementioned shell casings. You appeared upset, even uncomfortable by being asked such a question. You proceeded to treat Ms. Murphy with such disrespect and unprofessionalism, replying with such statements as "If she wanted to attend your next press conference, she could "stand in the back of the room", and "Reporters are being fed information by a gun dealer and that gives you (directing your comment to Ms. Murphy in particular) a story to rile up everybody."
Ms. Murphy was then manhandled by your representation and was pushed, shoved, and treated like she was a criminal.
Please view the exchange in its entirety at http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-nyc-mayor-blows-up-at-nyc-reporter-over-gun-control-question-20120806,0,5294109.story
The shabby treatment of Ms. Murphy then continued with your Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who said to Ms. Murphy "I think you've got to give it up, Mary, you already got your answer."
Is this how all female reporters should be treated Mr. Mayor? Was it necessary for you to insult, intimidate and embarrass Ms. Murphy in this manner? Ms. Murphy is a celebrated news reporter, with years of experience to her credit and deserved better treatment.
This is a formal request for you and Commissioner Kelly to extend a sincere apology for your misconduct. And you will publicly agree that all women should never be spoken to in such a manner, nor physically abused as Ms. Murphy was, and that you will take the necessary steps to ensure this never happens again.
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