- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says that he has “no problem whatsoever” with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) call to the NYPD after a political ally was arrested.

Questions have swirled around the call de Blasio made last week after he learned that Bishop Orlando Findlayter was arrested following a traffic stop.

The mayor called a top police official, but not Bratton. De Blasio said he did not ask for Findlayter to be let go.

Findlayter served on the mayor’s inaugural committee. He was released with a desk appearance ticket and allowed to leave.

In his first comments about the incident, Bratton said he believes De Blasio and the police officers who freed Findlayter acted appropriately.

De Blasio appointed Bratton in November.