Members of the NYPD are telling Mayor Bill De Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from their funerals if they are killed in the line of duty.
Distributed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a flyer with a headline blaring, “Don’t Let Them Insult Your Sacrifice,” has a spot for officers to fill in their name requesting the two politicians to stay away from their funerals.
“I, ___________, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty.
Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.”
Police officers can download the form from the PBA website and able to send a signed copy back to their PBA delegates.”
But Bill De Blasio feels insulted and believes this kind of speech is dividing the city.
“This is deeply disappointing,” the mayor and the council speaker said in a joint statement. “Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics.
“The mayor and the speaker both know better than to think this inappropriate stunt represents the views of the majority of police officers and their families.”
According to sources at the NY Post, this flyer stemmed from De Blasio’s lack of support for the NYPD following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer in the Eric Garner death but also for saying in a press conference that he warned his son Dante, who is a mixed race, to be careful of cops.
“We’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him,” the mayor said.