New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is still reaping the consequences from the months of anti-police statements he’s made with officers booing him, turning their backs to him, and otherwise showing opposition. That opposition continues this week as two more officers were shot in the Big Apple, and one of them reportedly didn’t appreciate the mayor’s sympathy visit on Tuesday.
Plainclothes officer Andrew Dossi, 30, was wounded in a firefight in the Bronx on Monday night when he and his partner, Aliro Pellarano, responded to a grocery store robbery. But according to his father, Dossi wasn’t very happy with the mayor’s visit.
Dossi’s father, Joe, said his son “deals with some crappy people every day and getting no support (from the mayor), come on. These are the guys in the trenches dealing with anything and everything.”
The mayor accompanied NYPD Commissioner William Bratton on the top cop’s second visit to the officer’s bedside, but Dossi’s father noted that the mayor didn’t have much to say.
“Bratton seemed like a real legitimate guy,” Mr. Dossi said. “He came in three times and then the second time he brought the mayor in with him. The mayor seemed passive, like he was just listening to what Bratton was saying and what I was saying.”
The New York Police Department has issued a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest for attempted murder of the two suspects involved in the shooting of the officers.
This is far from the only criticism that Mayor de Blasio has withstood from the NYPD.
For instance, two NYPD officers were murdered only days before Christmas as they sat in their cruiser in the city’s Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, and officers criticized the mayor at their memorial and funeral services for his lack of support of the NYPD. In response, both de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton have turned criticism back on officers for being “disrespectful” at those services.
But even before the murder of officers Ramos and Liu, the rank and file and their union representatives had criticized the mayor for his anti-police statements. In mid December a representative of the police union told the mayor he wouldn’t be welcome at any future funerals of police officers. Later, on two occasions, officers rented sky banners that were flown over the city criticizing the mayor.
Many feel that de Blasio has only himself to blame for this, though.
Just to name a few of the incidents that de Blasio’s critics point to, on December 3 he riled his officers when he claimed he was worried the NYPD would harass his own bi-racial son. De Blasio also came out in support of Eric Garner over his own officers on December 2. Garner was the man who died after police subdued him as he resisted arrest in July of last year.
Then, only days after the murder of officers Ramos and Liu, de Blasio reappointed a judge who refused to set any bail for a man who threatened to kill cops.
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