NYPD union fires back after de Blasio calls for ‘light touch’ in response to violent anti-cop riots

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Police officers across America are coming under attack as protests against isolated cases of police brutality have now devolved into full-on violent assaults against law enforcement.

With liberal politicians essentially handcuffing officers in their response, expecting tolerance in the face of growing violence from a lawless element, cops may soon pay for this political expediency with their lives.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in New York City, where radical left Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling on officers to respond with a “light touch” — even as an unruly, violent mob throws Molotov cocktails at them.

“The anger out there is real and unfortunately, very justified,” de Blasio said Friday in an interview with WNYC. “I really believe the NYPD knows how to handle protests and respect whoever is protesting, but I want to see a light touch because people are undeniably angry for a reason.”

The Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) of NYC, which states a membership of “approx. 13,000 active and retired sergeants of the NYPD,” did not take kindly to the mayor’s remarks.

“If Mayor DeBlasio wants a light touch then let him stand in front and take the first brick to the face,” the SBA said in a tweet. “Or perhaps he can sit in a police vehicle and catch the Malatov [sic] Cocktail that’s thrown into it. Here’s the light touch, DeBlasio brain!”

After a violent night of anti-cop riots in Brooklyn, where 200 people were arrested, de Blasio undermined police when he tweeted that an “independent review” of the night will take place.

“We have a long night ahead of us in Brooklyn,” the mayor tweeted. “Our sole focus is deescalating this situation and getting people home safe. There will be a full review of what happened tonight. We don’t ever want to see another night like this.”

Make no mistake, those tasked with ensuring law and order in society, those who risk their lives to stand between law-abiding Americans and the criminal element, which includes murderers and rapists, are under siege.

As seen below, an NYPD van was set on fire Friday night.

At the same time, a video circulated online of an NYPD officer forcefully shoving one protester to the ground as chaos now reigns.

On Saturday morning, during a press conference, de Blasio again promised that an independent review would take place.

“We need to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and how we can do things better,” he said, according to Fox News. “I’m going to initiate an independent review immediately of the events of last night. … I want to know exactly what happened, why it happened and what can be done better.”

The Detective’s Endowment Association pushed back against criticism of police.

“Police cars & streets on fire, cops attacked — and last night a Detective & Officers were hit with Molotov cocktails by would-be cop killers. As we do everything to stop NYC from burning, all we hear from elected officials is criticism. Maybe they should try it on the front line,” read a tweet from the union.

The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, which represents more than 50,000 active and retired NYPD officers, also denounced de Blasio’s message.

The group tweeted: “Police officers are once again under attack by violent, organized terrorists. While @NYCCouncil & other pols are sitting at home, demanding we ‘deescalate’ the criminals who are torching police vehicles, we are risking our lives to keep our city from burning to the ground.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:


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