The relationship between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and police is as icy as the city’s 20-degree weather.
When the mayor accompanied Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to visit two officers, Andrew Dossi, 30, and Aliro Pellarano, 38, who were wounded in a Bronx shootout Monday night, at least one of the cops was less than thrilled with the mayor’s presence.
“He wasn’t too happy about the mayor’s visit,” Dossi’s father, Joe, told the New York Post.
“He deals with some crappy people every day and getting no support, come on. These are the guys in the trenches dealing with anything and everything,” he said.
“The mayor came in last night. And I told him these guys are laying their lives on the line,” he continued.
The elder Dossi, like many officers, seemed to like the police commissioner, the Post reported.
“Bratton seemed like a real legitimate guy,” Dossi said. “He came in three times and then the second time he brought the mayor in with him.”
But the mayor, unsurprisingly, appeared to be a bit more cold.
“The mayor seemed passive, like he was just listening to what Bratton was saying and what I was saying,” he said.
Police and the mayor have been in engulfed in a bitter feud since a grand jury decided not to indict officers involved in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after resisting arrest for selling illegal cigarettes, and the mayor said he has trained his bi-racial son to be wary of police.
The hostility intensified when two police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were killed in an ambush-style attack by a lone gunman bent on avenging Garner’s death.
Officers turned their back on the mayor when the mayor visited the hospital Ramos and Liu were taken after the shooting and at each officer’s funeral.
Police Academy cadets also booed de Blasio at their graduation ceremony.
Perhaps if the mayor would swallow some of the progressive pride and actually apologize for his ridiculous remarks, officers would be more happy to see him.
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