NYPD “Squandering…Credibility” In Attacks On de Blasio: NY Times


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been expressing respect and admiration for the New York Police Department, “while calling for unity in these difficult days, but the message doesn't seem to be sinking in,” the New York Times says in an editorial. Speaking yesterday at a police graduation ceremony, he was booed and heckled by some in the crowd. Last Saturday, there was back-turning by scores of officers when the mayor spoke at the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos. The Times says that “with acts of passive-aggressive contempt and self-pity, many New York police officers, led by their union, are squandering the department's credibility, defacing its reputation, shredding its hard-earned respect.” The newspaper says they have “hijacked” a funeral of a fallen colleague “for their own petty look-at-us gesture.”

The Times calls them “disgraceful acts, which will be compounded if anyone repeats the stunt at Officer (Wenjian) Liu's funeral on Sunday.” In the Times’ view, no police grievances “can justify the snarling sense of victimhood that seems to be motivating the anti-de Blasio campaign — the belief that the department is never wrong, that it never needs redirection or reform, only reverence.” The newspaper concludes that “the failures of some cops, the misguided policing tactics that feed a sense of oppression in parts of the city, the offensive provocations of some in the police-reform protest movement, and the horrific killings of two officers, have led the city to a dangerous point.”

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