Gee, ya think? After watching yesterday’s Bill de Blasio press conference most people were left wondering why the Mayor just doesn’t fire all the cops and sub-contract law enforcement to the New Black Panther Party. The Mayor’s rhetoric was so riddled with hatred toward the police it was quite stunning.
NEW YORK — The head of New York City’s police union said officers felt “thrown under the bus” by Mayor Bill de Blasio following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict an officer in the death of Eric Garner, CBS New York station WCBS-TV reports.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said the mayor needs to do more to support New York City cops.
“What police officers felt yesterday after that press conference is that they were thrown under the bus,” Lynch told reporters Thursday. “That they were out there doing a difficult job in the middle of the night, protecting the rights of those to protest, protecting our sons and daughters and the mayor was behind microphones like this throwing them under the bus.”
Lynch was responding to de Blasio’s speech Wednesday after the grand jury declined to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.
The mayor said he and his wife, Chirlane, have had to have painful conversations with their teenage son, Dante, about “how to take special care with any encounter he may have with police officers.”
“I’ve had to worry over the years, Chirlane has had to worry: Is Dante safe each night?” de Blasio said Wednesday. “And not just from some of the painful realities of crime and violence in some of our neighborhoods but safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors.”
Lynch slammed the mayor’s comments, saying “our city is safe because of police officers” and said New Yorkers should be afraid of the criminals, not the police.
“He spoke about, ‘we have to teach our children that their interaction with the police and that they should be afraid of New York City police officers.’ That’s not true,” Lynch said. “We have to teach our children, our sons and our daughters, no matter what they look like, to respect New York City police officers, teach them to comply with New York City police officers even if they think it’s unjust.” (read more)