NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio seems out of step when it comes to handling situations and events in the wake of the murders of two NYC police officers. Instead of addressing protest groups, who refuse to stand town or temper their language in the wake of the killings, de Blasio blamed the media and the NYPD itself for his divided city.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has hit back at both the media and police unions for trying to “divide” people in the aftermath of the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday.
During a press conference at NYPD headquarters on Monday, de Blasio was asked by a reporter whether he would allow his children to attend protests against killings by police that some people claim were indirect causes of the officers’ murder. When the reporter recited a chant he’d heard that compared the NYPD to the Ku Klux Klan, de Blasio appeared to lose patience.
“No, of course not,” he said.
“What are you guys gonna do?” de Blasio asked, his arms wide. “Are you gonna keep dividing us?”
He pointed to recent marches, emphasizing that 25,000 people had protested “totally peacefully”, and the NYPD protected them.
Mayor de Blasio seems prepared to completely ignore the divisive nature of said protests which have called for violent interactions with police.
Also at the press conference, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said that he had spoken to the leaders of the five biggest police unions – which would include Pat Lynch, who said on Saturday that the blood of the murdered officers was on the hands of the protesters, and “on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the Mayor” –and that they had agreed to stand down their “dialogue” until after the funerals of the two officers.
Unfortunately, as previously reported, it’s the protesters refusing to stand down. Yet, de Blasio opted to strike out at the media and NYPD instead.
In the wake of the assassination of two police officers, NYPD “Commissioner Bill Bratton on Monday asked the NYPD’s unions to ‘stand down’ from rhetorical battling with the mayor,” and they agreed unequivocally. However, anti-police protesters and the so called Justice League organizers behind them want nothing to do with any cooling off or show of respect as two good men, both minorities as a matter of fact, are buried.