New York City police officers are so disgusted with the cop-bashing ways of the Big Apple’s top politicians that they’re taking a rare stance – banning Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito from the funerals of officers killed in the line of duty.
“DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!” screamed the all-cap headline on a flier distributed by the city’s Police Benevolent Association, according to the New York Post.
The flier urged police officers to sign a petition telling de Blasio and Mark-Viverito to stay clear of any burial services held in the signer’s honor.
“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,” the petition says. “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 were angered when the mayor and speaker sided against them in the Eric Garner case, insinuating city police are racist. De Blasio even went so far as to say he had to teach his 17-year-old son, Dante, to be wary of officers, the Post reported.
The mayor and speaker released a joint statement decrying the flier.
“This is deeply disappointing,” their statement said. “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.”
The cops would tell the politicians that their lack of support is what’s really disappointing.
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