NYPD violence momentarily took a backseat to the dear leader of North Korea getting butthurt over a crappy movie, but the heinous execution-style killing of two NYPD police officers in their squad car has thrust this acrimonious debate back into the public dialogue. And right in time for Christmas, too.
Some totally despicable smegmaheads saw this tragedy as a cheap way to hurl nasty epithets at police, thus totally negating the otherwise meaningful and peaceful protests of militant police behavior. But then there were those (and by “those” I really just mean Fox “News”) who simply used this opportunity to trounce on the progressive mayor of NYC.
A new opportunity to manufacture outrage and get all of the washed-up Fox “News” Republicans in a tizzy came to light after a video showing NYPD officers turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio as he entered the hospital where the two officers died. Things got even worse when Patrick Lynch, head of the PBA, unleashed his fury at the Mayor over his support of the Eric Garner protests. Lynch said in statement:
That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor. When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable. (NY Daily News)
And these are the same people who throw fits when folks blame every cop for the heinous actions of a few?
For the majority of us, violence against police and violence by the police is not a partisan issue, except in the Fox News bubble. Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, a failed 2008 republican presidential candidate and thus frequent guest on Fox News, excoriated de Blasio and blamed him for the murders of the two police officers despite the evidence showing that the gunman was a mentally unstable nut who had just shot his own girlfriend.
The most ridiculous thing about all this is that the anger at de Blasio by the PBA could have more to do with internal labor issues of pay than de Blasio’s support of the protests.
Such a possibility was discussed this morning by Commissioner William Bratton, a man who served under Rudy Giuliani and now de Blasio. Bratton, who expressed his disappointment with the officers who turned their back on the mayor, cited labor negotiations were one of the “moving currents” that might have added to the rift between the mayor’s office and rank and file police officers.
There’s a lot going on in the NYPD at the moment—labor negotiations. Some 10,000 of our officers are in a new pension system that significantly limits their benefits,” he said. “This occurred about four years ago when Governor Paterson signed a bill at midnight, there’s a lot of anger about that because we’ve had so many attacks on young police officers over the past year. (Gothamist)
Bratton seems like a very straightforward and non-partisan guy, so perhaps he’ onto something. For example, even though Mayor de Blasio just announced an agreement with eight of the city’s labor unions, the PBA and the Sergeants Benevolent Association are choosing to go into binding arbitration. And Representatives at the PBA have not responded to a request for comment, according to Gothamist.
So, is it possible that Fox News, a network wholly devoted to slamming big government and unions, is conveniently “forgetting” its hatred of unions in order to hate on de Blasio and make this a partisan issue? Well, they’ve certainly contradicted themselves in the past, particularly on the Cliven Bundy ranch issue — so why break precedent now?