The feud between the New York's finest and City's mayor has reached new heights---literally. At approximately 8:50 am on Friday, an airplane flew a banner proclaiming "De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You" flew up the Hudson River.
Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, said the people responsible for the banner "want to remain anonymous." But former cop John Cardillo wrote that a "large and unified group of current and retired NYC police officers, detectives, & supervisors" wanted him to post the following statement once the banner was aloft:
We are outraged by the mayor's incendiary rhetoric, and for facilitating the current hostile climate towards the NYPD. We understand that the department and even our own unions can only go so far in their public condemnation of the mayor as to not irreparably damage the working relationship with the city, or future contract negotiations. It is our opinion that Mayor de Blasio's dangerous and irresponsible comments about his and his wife's concern for their son's safety at the hands of the NYPD fueled the flames that led to civil unrest, and potentially to the deaths of PO Wenjian Liu and PO Rafael Ramos, as well as the continued threats against NYPD personnel. The Mayor shows us no respect, and encourages the public to follow his lead.
Cardillo told the New York Daily News that the cops hiring the plane did not want any publicity before the plane flew because they thought de Blasio “might order NYPD Aviation to divert the plane.”