— Joe Jackson (@joejackson) December 27, 2014
NYPD Turn Their Backs On Mayor Bill de Blasio
During the home going for one of two NYPD officers killed by a crazed gunman, hundreds of police officers showed their disgust with Mayor Bill de Blasio by turning their backs to him as he was speaking.
Hundreds of police officers turned their backs on a screen showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of one of two officers killed last week in what has been called an “assassination.”
The funeral at the Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens, was broadcast to thousands of police who gathered outside.
The killing of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu came amid heightened tensions between the police and the mayor over what some police saw as a lack of support for the force.
Sgt. Myron Joseph of the New Rochelle Police Department said he and fellow officers turned their backs spontaneously to “support our brothers in the NYPD.”
In his speech, the mayor seemed to try to reach out to police, honoring not only Ramos, but the entire NYPD.
After directing his remarks to the Ramos family, he said he wanted to “extend my condolences to another family — the family of the NYPD — that is hurting so deeply right now.”
The night after Ramos and Liu were shot, officers gathered at the hospital where they had been taken turned their backs on de Blasio when he arrived.
De Blasio created controversy with his response to demonstrations about police relations with minorities, after a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner.
The mayor, whose wife is black, said he has spoken to his mixed race teen son about how he should act if he is stopped by police.
In speaking about protesters who were arrested and charged with assaulting police during a demonstration in New York, de Blasio used the word “allegedly,” which some in the NYPD seemed to take as a slight.
Soooo the NYPD is just gonna ask for a moratorium on protests and then protest at the funeral???
Way to be hypocrites guys!