New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has finally taken his “cops are the bad guys” position too far — far enough to infuriate the one cop who’s stood by him so far.
De Blasio wrote a $5,000 check to Ruhim Ullah, a thug who was shot by police for threatening them with a machete, the New York Post reported.
Ullah was suing the city for $3 million, even after pleading guilty to menacing a police officer in the 2010 confrontation where police shot him in the leg to stop him from attacking officers with the machete. Even his own lawyer admitted the shooting was likely justified, according to the Post.
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton erupted.
“It’s outrageous that the city Law Department is continuing to not support the men and women of this department as they go about their duties,” Bratton charged.
“Our cops work very hard trying to keep this city safe, and if they’re not going to be backed up by the city law office, we need to do something about this.”
The city Law Department, however, defended the move.
“In light of all of the circumstances, the city concluded that this agreement to settle was in the city’s best interest,” department spokesman Nick Paolucci said.
But law enforcement wasn’t buying it.
“It’s sickening,” a police source told the Post. “This man pleaded guilty to a serious crime. That should have been enough to erase the civil suit.”
“This is one of the many frivolous lawsuits that the city prefers to settle because it’s cheaper than defending it in court,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association spokesman Al O’Leary added.
Another in a long string of slaps in the face the mayor has given to police.
But it was one too many — finally — for Bratton.
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