Despite getting away with murder in broad daylight, on film, the NYPD is still whining.
It seems New York City’s main police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Assocation (PBA), has had its feelings hurt by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The PBA claims in a press conference the mayor and council member threw them “under the bus” by speaking out against the history of racism in the United States, as well as supporting a program for implementing body cameras for NYC police officers now that the country has become awash in protests regarding police violence and systemic racism.
It’s anybody’s guess what good those body cameras would do when the Eric Garner case shows us blatantly that police can get away with murder in the middle of the day, amidst several witnesses, and while captured on film. However, that’s another issue entirely.
In response to de Blasio and Mark-Viverito speaking out in a manner that does not solely help the NYPD sweep the entire matter under the carpet, the PBA has issued a form letter for officers to sign that asserts that those who signed would not like the mayor or the council member to attend their funeral should they be killed in the line of duty.
I’m sure de Blasio and Mark-Viverito are crying that one out on each other’s shoulders. Through the tears, they managed to respond with a joint statement:
This is deeply disappointing. The mayor and the speaker both know better than to think this inappropriate stunt represents the views of the majority of police officers and their families.
Chances are, if one were to collect a list of all officers who signed that childish letter, one would have a good idea which officers are more likely to be fired or investigated for excessive force and racial profiling – just a hunch.