New York mayor Bill de Blasio called the situation with the bodies found in a truck near a funeral home in Brooklyn unacceptable, and the actions of the Bureau – immoral.
Earlier, the New York Times reported that decomposing bodies were found in trucks near a funeral home in New York’s Brooklyn. According to the publication, residents of neighboring houses complained of an unpleasant smell from cars. When police arrived, they found trucks with dozens of decomposing bodies inside. It remains unknown how many of the people found in the vehicle died from the coronavirus.
“This terrible situation that happened to a funeral home in Brooklyn is unacceptable… Funeral homes are private organizations, private businesses, and they have obligations to people to treat them with dignity. I have no idea how this could have been allowed to happen,” de Blasio said during a press conference broadcast on the mayor’s Twitter account.
The mayor stressed that the city authorities do not directly work with funeral homes, as the state authorities regulate their activities. At the same time, he noted that it is necessary to solve the problem together.
“I don’t understand what happened in this case. I heard about the driver not coming or something like that. But why they didn’t inform the state authorities or ask the police for help, in my opinion, it’s just immoral,” the mayor added.
The mayor also supported the idea of the head of the Brooklyn Municipal Council, Eric Adams, to create a select committee that would help people with funerals.