I am not surprised that many of the NYPD rank and file once again turned their backs on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio during yesterday’s funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu despite a memo from NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton requesting his officers not do so.
It seems to me that turning one’s back on an elected official is a far more civil form of protest than chanting for dead cops.
If Mayor de Blasio wants to get respect from the NYPD then he must give them respect. Given his blanket denunication of his own police force following the decision of a Staten Island grand jury last month not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, his encouragement of anti-police protests and his failure to condemn protesters for calling for dead cops, de Blasio has only himself to blame for the reception he has received from the NYPD in recent weeks.
It isn’t too late for de Blasio to make amends. A genuine apology would be a good start. Of course, that alone would not repair relations, but it could prove helpful if de Blasio made a genuine effort to reach out to rank and file NYPD to reach some kind of rapprochement.
Of course, I do not believe this will come to pass. As long as Al Sharpton is pulling de Blasio’s strings relations with the NYPD will not improve.
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