They say things have to get worse before they get better.
That might explain the remarks New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made Monday during a news conference with Police Commissioner William Bratton.
Or he just truly is clueless.
Speaking to the media for the first time about his police officers who have turned their back on him every chance they have had since the deaths of Officer Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the mayor again blamed his favorite target — the police.
“Those individuals who took certain actions the last two weeks, they were disrespectful to the families involved. That’s the bottom line,” de Blasio said “I can’t understand why anyone would do such a thing in the context like that.”
De Blasio was referring to the police turning their backs on him at the funerals of Ramos and Liu. What he failed to address is the officers doing the same thing to him at the hospital the night of the ambush on the two officers and new the police academy class booing him at their graduation ceremony.
Of course, the simplest way to start to help heal this rift would be for de Blasio to apologize to the police for remarks he made essentially declaring them racist and unfair to the black community, but the mayor decided to take the other route.
Bratton agreed with the mayor.
“A funeral is not the place for that,” he said. “Come demonstrate outside City Hall. Come demonstrate outside police headquarters. But don’t put on your uniform, go to a funeral and engage in a political action.”
For their part it looks like the police may be taking an “actions speak louder than words” approach.
According to the New York Post the NYPD’s work slowdown has continued for the second week following the killings of Ramos and Liu.
Arrests have been down by more than half and summonses have barely been written at all.
“I will look very specifically, precinct by precinct, tour of duty by tour of duty, sector car by sector car, officer by officer, and we will deal with it very appropriately if we have to,” Bratton threatened.
“If, in fact, we feel that we’re engaged in some type of job action, then we will deal with it very forcefully,” he added.
“You can’t win,” Michael Palladino, the head of the detectives union said. “When cops make arrests and give summonses, they are accused of being robotic with no feelings. When cops exercise discretion and express feelings, they’re accused of being political and disrespectful.”
What do you expect from a mayor who has such little respect for his city’s police force?
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