In what Politico calls New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “nightmare,” he is finding out that “you can’t be big-city mayor and alienate the cops.” A year after sailing into office with 72 percent of the vote on a message of transformational change, de Blasio found his mayoralty hit a torrent of anger, unleashed by the murder of two police officers by a troubled gunman who said he was killing “pigs” to avenge the deaths of men by cops in Staten Island and Ferguson, Mo. By yesterday, de Blasio was lashing out at the press corps that covers him, trying to paper over public divisions with his own police commissioner and coping with the emotional blow of facing public rejection by many in the nation's biggest police force. “He's pretty badly shaken,” said one friend.
Three-term mayor Ed Koch “was loved by the cops and always told all his successors that you must have the support of the cops, that the cops can be your best friend. If Koch were alive today that's what he would tell Bill de Blasio,” said George Arzt, former press secretary to Koch, whose election in 1977 election improved City Hall-police relations. The bad blood between the NYPD and de Blasio is nothing new. It dates to an election campaign centered on de Blasio's withering criticism of the Bloomberg administration's stop-and-frisk policy, and his close alliance with the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has organized scores of protests targeting cops over their behavior toward urban blacks.