Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City was blasted by New York Police Department (NYPD) Union President, Patrick Lynch. Lynch’s anger against de Blasio was in response to two police officers being hunted down and killed by a gunman in broad daylight this past Saturday afternoon.
The officers were shot in the head, execution-style, while sitting in their patrol cruiser. After ambushing the officers, suspected murderer Ismaaiyl Brinsley, age 28, ran down into a local subway station and took his own life with a bullet to the head.
Investigators know Brinsley had been bragging on social media and making anti-police remarks prior to assassinating the two officers. He shot his girlfriend in Baltimore, Md earlier and he made online references to Eric Garner and Michael Brown before gunning down the officers.
Lynch, President of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA), believes the mayor did not act responsibly in light of recent protests de Blasio encouraged around the city. The protests served as little more than a means to instigate hostility toward police officers in the city, Lynch says.
“We tried to warn [the Mayor] it must not go on…blood on the hands start…in the office of the mayor.” Lynch says deep-rooted enmity among some demonstrators against police contributed to the events leading to the deaths of the officers. Some protesters are attempting to reduce the context of what officers in New York City deal with under the mask of “peaceful” protests.
Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed in Brooklyn, NY. They were taken to Woodhull Hospital where they were pronounced dead. Video footage received by the New York Post is said to have shown police officers turning their backs to de Blasio as he walked through a corridor in the hospital.
It was also reported that the mayor said, “we are…in this together” to several police officers outside Woodhull. At least one officer directly blasted de Blasio with opposition by saying, “…we are not [in this] together.”
After the exchanges in the hospital between dissatisfied police officers and de Blasio, the mayor emotionally discussed with reporters the meeting he had earlier with families of the murdered policemen. The mayor spent time with family members in prayer for the slain officers. De Blasio contended that the police are a pillar in our society who protect people against criminals and evildoers. He added, “when [the police] are attacked it’s an attack…on decency.”
When asked by reporters whether the two officers were slain under the guise of a political agenda, de Blasio refused to answer. He did say that it was not time to address would-be political agendas because thoughts should go out to the families of the police officers mercilessly killed. According to the mayor, now is the time to grieve each family’s’ loss.
The family of Michael Brown released a statement decrying the deaths of the two officers. They reject any violence against police officers. “[Citizens] work together to bring peace…” Brown was the 18-year old shot and killed by law enforcement after it was alleged he was an accomplice in a convenience store burglary.
According to the PBA, de Blasio’s confrontational position on NYPD tactics and his ongoing support of demonstrations regarding police brutality created a dangerously hostile environment against police. The mayor has construed a backward sense of acceptance toward open hostilities against officers, claims the PBA. The PBA does not support de Blasio’s attendance at the slain officer’s funerals and have asked union members to ban him.
Lynch has personally blasted Mayor de Blasio regularly about the mayor’s poor allegiance to the NYPD following the Dec. 3 grand jury decision not to indict an officer connected to Eric Garner’s death. It is alleged that Garner, who was selling illegal cigarettes and resisting arrest, later died resulting from an officer’s choke-hold. Police are investigating whether Brinsley was present during any of the protests around town.
By D’wayne Stanelli
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