Citing his own arrest as a youth, New York City mayor Eric Adams sees nothing wrong in his friendship with a former prisoner.
Adams revealed he and Zhan “Johnny” Petrosyants are friends.
The Democratic mayor said he himself was arrested for stealing a TV and a money order.
He said cops in the 103rd Precinct in Queens roughed up him and his brother after the arrest.
Sources said Adams was later sent to a juvenile detention facility for a few days before trial and was sentenced to probation.
“I don’t know if you know it, but I have a criminal history,” Adams said.
Meanwhile, Adams has pushed back against the idea that felons should be “discarded forever” and said that kind of thinking most adversely impacts people of color.
“In this day and time, when everyone is talking about bail reform, everyone is talking about prison reform, if you inherit the belief that because someone did something they should be discarded forever, that is going to impact predominantly Black and Brown young men — not acceptable,” Adams added.