NYC Police Turn Backs on Mayor DeBlasio’s During Slain Officer’s Funeral

The Mayor of New York City is many things:  politician, activist, globalist, anti-cop protester…wait, what?  While it's true that DeBlasio is the Mayor of the largest city in the world, in addition to the largest civil servant force in the world, he is also a raving Leftist in very good standing with 75% of New Yorkers who are raving Leftists as well.  However, the very people who protect the city from the dregs of society, the murderers, thieves, rapists, child molesters, etc., are also a source of distrust for DeBlasio.  As he was keen to point out in a press conference three years ago, he felt that his mixed-race son, Dante, was in mortal danger on the streets of New York City, not only from its criminals, but also from New York's Finest!

This admission was capped off by a very sympathetic appeal to Black Lives Matter and their “struggle” to get the message out about the out-and-out hatred that the police had for Blacks.  Police officers the country over were deeply offended by the mayor's remarks who took foot-in-mouth syndrome to new heights.  However, after several police officers began to be executed in guerilla attacks on the streets of NYC, the mayor called for calm.

As he began speaking at the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos in December of 2014, hundreds of police officers in attendance proceeded to turn their backs on him in protest to his earlier remarks that disrespected the police and their families.  Afterwards, this action was addressed by the mayor who was offended by their actions.

The mayor of New York has rebuked hundreds of the city's police officers who turned their backs on him as he spoke at the funerals of two officers.

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot dead last month by a gunman with a grievance against the police.

Many police have resented the mayor's expressions of sympathy for anti-police protesters in recent months.

“Those individuals who took certain actions the last two weeks, they were disrespectful to the families involved. That's the bottom line,” Mr de Blasio told reporters at police headquarters.

“They were disrespectful to the families who lost their loved ones. I can't understand why anyone would do such a thing in the context like that.”

Mr de Blasio had expressed solidarity with the protesters and had publicly wondered if his son, who is mixed-race, was safe from police.

Critics have argued that such rhetoric helped to create an environment that encouraged violence against police.

Then, a month later in January of 2015, again NYC laid to rest Officer Wenjian Liu, for which hundreds of police showed up.  The mayor once again spoke and, once again, backs were turned.

Wenjian Liu, a son of Chinese migrants, was killed with his partner Rafael Ramos on 20 December by a gunman with a grievance against the police.

Speakers lined up to pay tribute at the service in a Brooklyn funeral home.

In the street outside, hundreds turned their backs to a video screen when Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke.

Many rank-and-file members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) resent Mr de Blasio's expressions of sympathy for anti-police protesters in recent months.

The double murder by an African American gunman who claimed to be avenging black men killed by white police stunned the city.

There was yet another officer killed in the line of duty in New York City by the name of Miosotis Familia.  The 48-year-old female officer was fatally shot in the head on July 5th.  A Saturday night vigil was being held in her honor for which hundreds of officers showed up to pay their respects to her and her family.  Rather than arrive at the vigil to show his respects, Mayor DeBlasio had more pressing business.  It was not an impending disaster at the airport, nor was it a terrorist attack.  It was not a high-rise fire where hundreds were trapped.  It wasn't even a striking union march or a pride event.

DeBlasio was slotted to speak at the G20 Summit Conference in Germany!  In case some of you are unfamiliar, having come from a police family myself, a vigil is a special event where the deceased officer is laid out and officers, one after another, take turns to “guard” the body.  They stand at the position of attention, sometimes for hours at a time, until another office relieves them.  In the meantime, hundreds of others file in and salute the body of the slain officer, then turn to salute the family and give their condolences.  This entire process could last five, six and even seven hours.  The vigil is a big deal and it means so much to the brother and sisterhood of officers that to skip it for your own glorification is tantamount to turning your back on the police.

So, during Familia's funeral the very next day, the police reciprocated.

There has never been a more sad time in New York City than when your own mayor refuses to stand with police and instead has opted to stand with those who find the very presence of a cop reprehensible.  And to me, that the most reprehensible thing in the world.

Source:  Washington Free Beacon / Gawker / Alabama / BBC News 1 & 2



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