For Mayor de Blasio and New York Police, a Rift Is Ripped Open

Matt Flegenheimerdec, New York Times, December 21, 2014


At the helm of a grieving New York, still raw from weeks of protests amid a national reckoning over law enforcement and race, Mr. de Blasio faces his biggest test yet.


Yet on the heels of the police deaths, the long-simmering tensions between Mr. de Blasio and the department he has pledged to reshape have reached an extraordinary nadir. Officers, led by union leaders, turned their backs on the mayor and Commissioner William J. Bratton on Saturday night as the two walked through a hospital to address the public about the deaths.

The president of the city’s largest police union, Patrick Lynch, blamed Mr. de Blasio for the tragedy. The officers’ blood “starts on the steps of City Hall,” he said, “in the office of the mayor.”

The reaction encapsulated weeks of escalating tensions. Even before the shooting, union leaders had circulated a letter allowing officers to request that the mayor not attend their funerals in the event of their death in the line of duty.

Since Mr. de Blasio’s crusade on the campaign trail against what he viewed as overreaching by the police in the Bloomberg administration, those close to the mayor have professed that securing the trust of officers was an essential, complicated task.

And for much of the department, it seems, he has fallen far short.


Protesters have filled the streets nearly every night in the more than two weeks since a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges in the police chokehold case of Eric Garner. Many of them have chafed at the mayor’s defense of “broken windows” theory of policing, the aggressive enforcement of low-level offenses, which Mr. Bratton has championed. (Officers approached Mr. Garner in July over the sale of loose cigarettes.)

The protests, which have been predominantly peaceful but have overtaken bridges and city streets, inspired union accusations that Mr. de Blasio had placed too high a priority on protecting the rights of the demonstrators. (He met on Friday with one of the protest groups, Justice League NYC.)

Even when trying to defend officers, the mayor has, at times, been criticized by them. After reports of an attack on two police lieutenants during protests on the Brooklyn Bridge on Dec. 13, union leaders lamented that the mayor’s statement condemning the episode included the qualifier that police were “allegedly assaulted.”

In interviews, officers have noted the commissioner’s repeated defense of Mr. de Blasio–for a mayoral motorcade that apparently defied traffic laws; for counting the Rev. Al Sharpton as a confidant; and for comments he made after the Garner decision.


Even Rudolph W. Giuliani, a Republican and former mayor, offered a measure of cover to Mr. de Blasio, telling Fox News that it “goes too far” to blame the mayor for the deaths. But, he added, Mr. de Blasio “did not properly police the protests” by allowing them to block city streets.

In an interview on Friday, Mr. Bratton acknowledged that “morale in the department, in general, is not good.”

Administration officials have attributed much of the police unrest to a contract dispute, suggesting that union leaders were not necessarily reflecting the opinions of the rank and file.

Many critics, though, trace the roots of department angst to the election last year. In an interview on ABC on Sunday, Mr. Bratton’s predecessor as commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, echoed a familiar refrain of the mayor’s skeptics: that he had run an “antipolice campaign.”

Mr. Bratton, in the interview on Friday, disputed this notion, arguing that Mr. de Blasio had in fact campaigned against the zealous use of stop-and-frisk tactics, not against those in the department.


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  • evilsandmich

    Reading over NYT comments it would appear that the local populace is getting exactly what they desire (cops bad, gun control good, etc.). We should start building the ‘Escape from New York’ wall now.

    • Jaggers

      Reading the NYT comment board will raise your blood pressure…and the NYT obnoxiously has its “editors picks” where it highlights comments which reflect its own stupidity.

      • me

        Propaganda fed to idiots, that’s the New York Slimes.

  • ncpride

    Still not seeing nearly enough backlash from where most of the blame lies here. The media for their ridiculous, constant narrative that White cops are running around just looking to shoot black men for the fun of it, Obama, Sharpton and Holder. ALL of them are just as guilty for this anti-cop attitude. Wouldn’t blame any cop in this country for walking off the job at this point.

    • Texan1st

      If I was a cop I’d still show up and draw a paycheck but I’d be very selective who I helped. You can usually tell whether someone is a progressive or not. Their appearance, their mannerisms, where they hang out, their friends, etc. If they look like a white hipster then they probably despise police and therefore shouldn’t be calling police for help. Same with blacks. Most crimes against blacks are committed by other blacks. Wouldn’t want them to armchair quarterback the force that might have to be used if you catch the perp and he resists.

      Better to just show up, draw a paycheck, and limit your efforts to helping white people that still appreciate it.

      • RationaliseThis

        I don’t know how you’d place me; white male, long hair, beard (styled after a Crusader or Merovingian king) but generally dressed in neat trousers, collared shirt and jacket. The hair keeps the sun of my ears as well as dengue or malaria carrying Mosquitos, the latter required on occasion.

        • Nonhumans

          Same here. I dress very nice anytime I leave the house, though I lack a beard. There is the Beretta, though…

          I dunno, as far as appearance goes, I don’t think you can accurately determine the sane from the libtarded.

        • benvad

          You’re an outlier in appearance.

          • RationaliseThis

            I came back this way after not being in contact with a White hairdresser, I refused to risk HIV in Africa and am loyal. I liked the benefits in terms of sun and insect protection. A plus is that western civilisation was built by long haired often bearded men. Newton, Shakspere etc.

            I Also break up the stereotype enough so that I can slide in as a liberal hipster, they don’t know how to place me.

  • Samuel_Morton

    Of all the police departments in the US, at least the NYPD are the most likely to be brutally honest about their loathing of this man.

    The gall of de Blasio to get up and pretend to be shocked that someone decided to seek revenge after he and every media outlet set the narrative that cops are executing blacks willy-nilly.

    These crocodile tears are embarrassing in their obvious insincerity:

    • IstvanIN

      They aren’t crocodile tears, he truly is sorry the two cops weren’t White.

      • RationaliseThis

        “Anonymous Conservative” has a book out in which he applies the r/K theory to politics. Liberals and socialist are r strategists. He predicts they would naturally use deception, charisma, double standards in applying their strategy.

  • Dave4088

    The police shouldn’t have very high expectations of a communist radical with a black power wife.

    • Dwight

      Here is a family portrait including his mulatto son that he warned to be wary of cops.

      • Sparky

        Power afro duly noted.

      • Jaggers

        What a revolting family!

      • dave

        Is that Angela Davis on the left?

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Angela Davis in drag.

          • Michigan Patriot

            Angela being supposed a female and a human; can’t be in drag. Women wear 100% of menswear without fear of being thought of or called a transvestites the last fifty years. There is no more menswear.

        • LACountyRedneck

          It’s Rodney Allen Rippy.

      • MannyR

        Blah! digusting

      • John Barleycorn

        That is one pitiful dago

        • KyraNelson

          If you’re talking about “De Blasio,” he was born Warren Wilhelm, Jr.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        For God’s Sake!!

        I couldn’t scroll past that hideous image fast enough!!

        You’re gonna owe me a new keyboard.

      • 1G25

        Piece of crap couldn’t get a white girl to date.

        • benvad

          He hates whites.

      • Paleoconn

        The photo hides the black hand gripping Bill’s balls.

  • Easyrhino

    The would be a fantastic opportunity for de Blasio to go “undercover boss” and walk a beat on the streets of NYC while wearing police blues.

    • Alucard_the_last

      And put him in East Flatbush, East New York and/or the South Bronx.

      • Maybe they could put him on a special undercover detail in the delightful beachfront neighborhoods of far rockaway. Kind of a … team building thing with Nassau PD.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I loved the way they turned their backs to this socialist mayor. My biggest dream is for the police to go on strike and when the strike is over, refuse to police black neighborhoods.

  • LHathaway

    “At the helm of a grieving New York, still raw from weeks of protests amid a national reckoning over law enforcement and race, Mr. de Blasio faces his biggest test yet. . . He met on Friday with one of the protest groups, Justice League NYC”.

    You can’t make all of this stuff up. Wait. . .

  • TomIron361

    After the blithering idiot, Dinkins I never thought I’d see another mayor like that again in my life. Well, here we are all these years later and we’ve go Dinkins II.

    • benvad

      Apathy is the greatest evil.

  • Luca

    I hope his security detail turns their backs on him during a critical moment.

  • TruthBeTold

    If de Blasio wants to show he’s serious about healing this rift, he needs to stop meeting with Al Sharpton.

    Sharpton is nothing but a provocateur. He needs to be marginalized not consulted.

    • Dwight

      Won’t happen. He’s family.

  • dd121

    Has the media dragged this guy over the coals accusing him of race baiting and hatred?

  • De Doc

    Not a year into his administration and already Bill “Commie Big Bird” DeBlasio has isolated himself from NYPD. I feel for the dwellers in that city now, because they’ll be the targets until that jerk is removed from office.

    • Sick of it

      I’ll start to feel for them once they’ve lost 258,000 or so lives.

  • Yves Vannes

    Hopefully, the clueless NYers who voted for BD are beginning to realize the error of their ways. Then again, maybe not.

    • archer

      Do they really have a choice who they vote for?, It’s like the upcoming national elections, all you hear about are two recycled families, the Bush’s and the Clinton’s, even Barbara Bush commented that in a country this big there should be other choices when asked about Jeb running. Your talking about a city that has not far from city hall the power elite of Wall street, the stock exchange and the big banksters, you vote for who they tell you to.

      • Who Me?

        Poor old Barbara! She just can’t help telling the truth every time she opens her mouth! After the Katrina hurricane and flood, she toured the Houston Superdome when a lot of the refugees had been bussed in there. She remarked that “Maybe they’re better off now.” (As opposed to living in little shacks down on the levee) A sentiment I would imagine 3/4th of all Americans agreed with, but she was hurriedly shoved aboard the jet and wasn’t allowed out in public for another 6 months.
        Maybe it has something to do with being a “married in” Bush, rather than a “born to” family member.
        I rather like the old bat.

        • 1G25

          The government distributed those pieces of semi-human excrement all over Texas, where they have caused trouble ever since.

          As for Barbara Bush, she said Sarah Palin ought to go back to Alaska and stay there. She’s just part of the problem.

    • RationaliseThis

      What were they voting for? Redemption? What is going on inside that mysterious Libtard head?

  • Don’t blame me, I told you to vote for Joe Lhota.

  • libertarian1234

    I’d like to hear De Blasio’s explanation on why he thinks his fat mulatto son would be in anymore jeopardy if confronted by police than the average white of the same age.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    ’We’re all in this together,’ the mayor told grieving cops, according to a cop who was there.

    No we’re not, one officer said tersely in response.

    Strong words: police unions pointing the finger at the mayor for siding with protesters.

    It was the middle finger and two words would suffice.

    Let DeBlasio and his family go without the protection of the NYPD that he hates so much.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Bodies of the fallen officers arriving at the morgue.

    • IstvanIN

      The middle finger and two words would have been crude and gotten him fired, the “No we’re not” was perfect.

      • RationaliseThis

        Indeed, for Whites it must at times be discretion before valour.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          At what point should we start fighting back?

          Discretion before valor is what has led to our demise in ALL of our White homelands.

          It is exactly what our enemy wants.

          • RationaliseThis

            As soon as possible. I’m just saying prepare yourself first before you jeopardise your job, save some money, make sure you are effective, make associates and have a dam load of children, preferably 4+ And encourage others to do the same.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        It was Patrick Lynch, head of the NY PBS (Police Benevolent Association) who was pointing the finger and using strong words:

        “That blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall, in the office of the mayor.”

        However, as police officers are being executed in NY, and the mayor stands with those who are threatening police, De Blowhard deserves action against him far more harsh than the middle finger and two words.

        I’d like to see him first try to fire Patrick Lynch.

  • johningermany

    Can anyone give me one instance where deblasio, holder, or obama did not take the side of the negroes. How did we allow people like this to get in power?

  • Lkoehn

    De Blasio and his ilk are guilt ridden white people who try to make up for imagined wrongs done to the black community. Obama, Holder, Jarrett, Sharpton, Jackson and their ilk are simply black racists and race baiters who live off of racism. The real issue is the destruction of the black family and black criminality but no one wants to face up to that and say the government programs that reward bad behavior destroyed black families and that black criminality causes blacks to be profiled and confronted by police.

  • MekongDelta69

    You VOTE for a straight-hating, White-hating, male-hating, cop-hating communist;

    You GET a straight-hating, White-hating, male-hating, cop-hating communist.

    • benvad

      They asked for it and they got it!!

      Maybe the state or the tri- state area should be in on whose mayor of the city of New York.

      Commuters lives are affected by that idiot in the city hall seat. They should get a say IMHO.

  • OhWow

    Being in the NYC suburbs let me tell you: lots of whites are now race realists. Even run of the mill people. It’s on the brink of civil war here. Everyone sees how blacks really act.

  • benvad

    You again? I thought I told you to F**k your mother?

  • archie7699

    deBlasio pandered to his far left base at the expense of his relationship with the police. No one, not Bill Clinton, nobody, will be able to heal this rift. He’s burned his bridges now because Mayor deBlasio simply is not a very smart politician and unlikely to win another election. I still think the NYPD stinks and needs a change in their leadership and their training. Officers are following their training as they kill people. They’re trained to kill first and ask questions later. Many of them are ex-soldiers who are trained killers and who will blow you away in a heartbeat even if the weapon you’re holding is a soup spoon or your wallet. You don’t even need to have a weapon to get shot. Because that’s what they’re trained to do. Act quickly and with deadly force even with minor offenses. Eliminate even the slightest physical threat with extremely deadly force. They don’t fire a couple rounds, they will empty their clips and then re-load. You won’t have one or two cops on top of you, you’ll have ten cops piling on you with two of them pressing all their weight onto your neck with their knees until you suffocate or die from blood not getting to your brain. Because that’s how they’re trained. To put their knees on your neck. Then we get mad at the officers for following their training that will ultimately result in needless death. I’m not mad at the rank and file cops. They’re getting a raw deal here. I’m mad at their superiors for their training methods.