Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday that he has "no issue whatsoever'' with Mayor Bill de Blasio's call to the New York City Police Department after Bishop Orlando Findlayter's arrest last week.
Bratton said that the mayor did not influence the department, nor did he create a double standard.
He said that he felt comfortable with the precinct commander's decision to release Findlayter because the commander knew the bishop well and didn't think he was a flight risk.
Bratton also said that the mayor has the right to call whomever he wants.
"I call my people any time I want. I call his people any time I want," Bratton said. "You need a free flow of communication in government, so I have no issue whatsoever with him calling anybody in my staff or his people calling people in my staff."
Findlayter was reportedly stopped for a traffic violation and was found to have outstanding warrants related to a protest.
De Blasio's aides said that the mayor only called to ask about the situation and did not request Findlayter's release.