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Giuliani Should Be Investigated For Reporting Backslap As Crime: Mayor

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NEW YORK, NY — A man who "slapped" former mayor Rudy Giuliani on the back shouldn't be the only person facing charges from the encounter, according to Mayor Eric Adams.

The mayor revealed Tuesday that he has discussed with the city's police commissioner whether Giuliani himself should be investigated for the back-slap seen around New York — which the former mayor claimed "could have easily ... killed" him at a Staten Island grocery store.

The ShopRite worker who hit Giuliani is facing assault charges for the incident, according to reports.

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"I think the district attorney, he has the wrong person that he's investigating. To falsely report a crime is a crime," Adams said when asked about the incident on Tuesday. "I looked at the video and someone needs to remind former Mayor Giuliani that falsely reporting a crime is a crime,"

In video surveillance video first reported by the New York Post Giuliani can be seen standing amid a small crowd inside the ShopRite, where he was campaigning for his son Andrew Giuliani's bid to be the Republican nominee in New York's governor's race.

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A man later identified by NYPD officials as Daniel Gill, 39, walks behind Giuliani and slaps him on the back, the video shows.

"I got hit on the back as if a boulder hit me," Giuliani later claimed in a Facebook post. "It knocked me forward step or two. It didn't knock me down, but it hurt tremendously. He could have easily hit me, knocked me to the ground and killed me."

Adams wasn't convinced.

"When you look at the video, the guy basically walked by and patted him on the back ... It was clear that he wasn't about to fall to the ground," said the mayor, calling Giuliani "irresponsible."

"Now, what if we didn't have the video? This person would have been accused with a serious crime when all he did was pat the guy on the back. You can't do sensationalism to carry out your own agenda and you can't use the police to carry out your own agenda."

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