In December 2014, police officers turned their backs as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio began his eulogy for slain Officer Rafael Ramos, and it just happened again. When de Blasio spoke at Officer Miosotis Familia's funeral this week, hundreds of police officers outside the church turned their back on the politician.
As you recall, Familia was murdered last week simply because she wore the NYPD uniform. The mayor should've been at the forefront honoring the officer. However, he couldn't attend her vigil because he left New York the day following her death so he could speak at a G20 protest rally. To add insult to injury, the city of New York actually paid for his trip to Germany because "opposition to President Trump is a legitimate city interest."
President of the NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch, wasn't impressed by his "leadership." Appearing on Fox, he sharply criticized the mayor for not properly respecting the slain officer, her sacrifice, or her family:
The New York Times even noticed the obvious morale problem:
Detective Familia’s death was a grim reminder that the combination of mental illness and distrust of the police has been linked to police officer killings across the country. Her death sent shock waves through the ranks of New York City police officers who are still reeling from the 2014 deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were executed while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The gunman in those shootings, who had been seeking revenge for the killings of African-American civilians, committed suicide.
While acknowledging that police-community relations had improved since then, Commissioner O’Neill warned “there unquestionably is creeping apathy among the public about the work and role of its police officers” that threatens to undo the progress.
This apathy will continue as long as de Blasio creates an atmosphere of police distrust. Blue lives matter... yes, even more than de Blasio's hatred of President Trump.
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