The New York City Police Department let their feelings about their City’s Mayor be known, loud and clear, once again, at the funeral of a fellow offer, shot down like a dog, while sitting in his patrol car.
The Washington Post reports that
…Brown and Garner’s killings sparked a nationwide protest movement and debate about the treatment of African Americans by law enforcement, with social-media slogans such as “Black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe,” Garner’s last words.
After “respecting First Amendment rights and handling false and abusive insults,” as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) put it during his remarks at the funeral, it was police officers’ time to be heard.
And, in one tense gesture, seen.
Hundreds of officers watching the services outside Christ Tabernacle Church turned their backs on the screens when Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke. The mayor has been heavily criticized by New York police union officials, accused of causing a mood of mistrust that they say contributed to the killings of Ramos and Liu. Tensions between the mayor and police had already grown in recent months after de Blasio said he was worried about how police might treat his son, who is biracial.
Vice President Biden, who attended the funeral, promised that the “incredibly diverse city can and will show the nation how to bridge any divide.”
New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton called Ramos “a hero” and gave the officer and his partner posthumous promotions, which will boost the department’s financial benefits to their families. He had words of hope for a way forward.
“If we can learn to see each other,” Bratton said, “to see that our cops are people like Officer Ramos and Officer Liu, to see our communities filled with people like them, too — if we can learn to see each other, then when we see each other we’ll heal.”
Still, unease and uncertainty filled the air.
One man held a sign reading “God Bless the NYPD” and “Dump DeBlasio.”
A group of police spouses gathered and said the show of support was a sort of release after watching month after month of protests directed at police.
“You think about how people just hate your husband for what he does,” said Lisa, who wanted to give only her first name. She is also training to be a police officer, “because I want to protect and serve my city,” she said.
But she said she feels for the families of Brown and Garner, too.
“I was raised in the projects. I get it,” she said. “But I feel like the department and police generally are being blamed for racial problems that are much deeper.”
Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who police say shot Ramos and Liu as they sat in their patrol car before killing himself, had promised on social media to put “Wings On Pigs.”
He had vowed revenge over the police actions in Ferguson and Staten Island.
Funeral details for Liu have yet to be announced. Officials say it will be held when relatives arrive from China.
On CBS’ “Face The Nation” yesterday…
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said it was “very inappropriate” for officers to turn their backs on New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio at the funeral for slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos. It was the second time officers had done so since the slaying of two NYPD cops.
“That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos, and to bring politics, to bring issues into that event I think was very inappropriate and I do not support it. He is the mayor of New York, he was there representing the citizens of New York to express their remorse and their regret at that death,” Bratton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“At the same time it is reflective unfortunately of the feelings of some of our officers at this juncture about not just the mayor but I think about some of the many issues that are afflicting the city at this time and this particular police department,” he added.
Tensions have been running high between DeBlasio and some of the city’s police officers since Ramos and another officer, Wenjian Liu, were shot and killed in their patrol car earlier this month. Police union officials blamed DeBlasio for their deaths, in part because of his public support for people protesting grand jury decisions not to indict police officers who had killed two black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Bratton defended DeBlasio, calling him “totally supportive of his personnel” and praising the city for investing hundreds of millions of dollars in additional training, equipment and technology to enhance officer safety.
“This is a mayor that cares very deeply about New York City police officers, cares very deeply about the divide in this city at this time and is working very hard to heal that divide,” Bratton said.
Still, he said that, “morale in the department at this time is low, there’s no getting around that.” He said it was due to a number of factors, including contract negotiations with the city as well as the national discussions about race and policing. He praised officers for showing “remarkable professional restraint when so much of the invective is directed directly against them, personally against them.”
You know, it’s a funny thing about that word “respect”. It works both ways.
When New York City’s Communist mayor, Bill DeBlasio, prissed around, preening and grandstanding for the cameras with Al Sharpton and the other race-baiters, taking their side in the protests over Brown and Gardner, he quite literally showed his backside to New York’s Finest.
Just as Obama has not seemed to figure out, yet, being a leader of a diverse group of citizens, means just that: leading all of them.
You’re not just a community organizer, anymore
You are actually part of the Establishment, meaning that you have to put your old anti-Establishment Ways in your toy chest with your childhood possessions.
It’s time to be a grown-up, and to know the difference between playtime and reality.
And, when it comes to the lives of two police officers, killed in the coldest of blood, while sitting in their patrol car, that is as real as it gets.
DeBlasio needs to apologize for his comments and his actions.
He’s lucky that they just turned their backs on him, instead of giving him a mass one-finger salute.
But, these are Men of Honor, unlike Politicians.
Perhaps DeBlasio needs to watch “Blue Bloods” and get a clue.
Until He Comes,