Since the December 20th execution murders of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has faced a tidal wave of disrespect. It’s gotten so bad that it leaves one wondering,”Can black men and other minorities trust cops who turn their backs on their own mayor?”
On Monday, the mayor was booed while speaking at a police cadet graduation. One person even yelled out that he was to blame for the problems in the city.
Last week police officers showed an unbelievable amount of disrespect when hundreds of them turned their backs to him as he spoke at the funeral of Officer Ramos. Not only did they disrespect the mayor but also their fallen comrade. Funerals are not the appropriate place to make a political statement.
A lot of the Mayor de Blasio hate is being fueled by Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. Lynch said the officers’ “blood” was on Mayor de Blasio’s “hands” shortly after the murders.
So why all of the hate?
Mayor de Blasio had the nerve to show the #Blacklivesmatter protesters the respect they deserve. He also publicly stated that he has talked to his mixed-race son on how to react to police so that he is not hurt:
“Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers that he may face. A good young man, law-abiding young man who would never think to do anything wrong. And yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face, we’ve literally had to 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.” [Source]
Can anyone really blame him for having that conversation with his child? It is a parent’s job to teach their children how to avoid danger. Unfortunately for the NYPD they represent danger to the minority community.
We all know what happened to Eric Garner but he’s just one case of abuse.
Earlier this year the NYPD called on its Twitter followers to use #myNYPD to document good encounters with their force. Instead they were bombarded with stories of detached retinas, scars, police abuse caught on video, illegal stop-and-frisks, and a litany of other abuses.
The city is NOTORIOUS for targeting minorities, most notably blacks and Latinos. Their stop-and-frisk campaign has been making headlines for years.
Now police are targeting their mayor. Their commander. Their boss. Someone they should show the utmost respect for. Booing him, blaming him for murders, turning their backs on him. So should the minority community trust and respect officers who do that?
Absolutely not. Respect and trust are earned. The NYPD had done nothing to earn it and everything to destroy it.
H/t to the Grio
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