My wife and I have relatives in the NYPD. (This should not be a surprise.) So we called a couple to ask about the cops turning their back on Mayor De Blasio during the funeral service. We were told that the protests were unplanned, word just went out in the crowd. We were also told that the police were mad because the mayor “took sides.” We asked what that meant. “He took sides. That was horrible what happened in Staten Island, but a jury found him innocent, but the mayor didn’t accept that.” Our relative went on to say that the mayor would not win re-election with the police against him.
For what it’s worth, since I’m not in NYC, the police seem to have taken leave of their senses. To the point that when I first learned of the statement put out by the retired cops who flew the above banner over the city, I thought it was a satire:
It is our opinion that Mayor deBlasio’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.
My take? Three things. First, I got the impression that the ire against the Mayor, as related by my cousin, comes more from peer pressure than deep-felt grievances. He did not mention the “irresponsible comments” listed in the above statement. I can imagine how hard it would be to not turn your back in a situation like the funeral when all your friends and colleagues are doing so.
Second, it really amazes me how joining an organization can make people have selective memories. Someone ask my cousin about the bicycle-ticket incident with his friends in Queens, over a decade ago. It really is better to be a young white person, even in New York City.
Third, the mayor may lose re-election, but it will not be because of his relationship with the NYPD.
I am glad that I am not Mayor De Blasio, because at this point I would be going to war with the department, and that is certainly not a wise thing to do.