Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took yet another cheap shot at NYPD officers who turned their backs on him during the funerals of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu:
Those individuals who took certain actions this last week — the last two weeks, really — they were disrespectful to the families involved. That’s the bottom line. They were disrespectful to the families that had lost a loved one. I think it just defies a lot of what we feel is the right and decent thing to do when you’re dealing with a family in pain. I also think they were disrespectful to the people of this city, who in fact honor the work of the NYPD.
When the NYPD turned their backs they were not being disrespectful to the families of Officer Ramos and Liu. The only person the NYPD was being disrespectul towards was de Blasio and with good cause. The fact that de Blasio would bring the families of Officers Ramos and Liu into it once again demonstrates his lack of character.
If either the Ramos and Liu families had requested that officers not turn their back on de Blasio during the funerals then that would be a different matter. In that case, I think the NYPD rank and file would have respected those wishes. But neither family made such a request.
As long as de Blasio continues to speak with such contempt towards the NYPD while refusing to examine his own conduct, New York City will be less safe and could soon revert to the pre-Giuliani days.
Meanwhile, two NYPD plainclothes officers were shot responding to a robbery last night in the Bronx. A manhunt is under way for the suspects. The two officers are expected to survive.