New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal who staked his mayoralty on re-educating the police force, is struggling to secure its basic trust, says the New York Times. In recent days, de Blasio has sounded downcast. The manager of his mayoral campaign has returned to help. His team is considering focus groups and a poll to refine the mayor's message to New Yorkers who may have soured on him.
How he reached this point, says the Times, “is a story of accumulated slights, political miscalculations and the slowness of members of his inner circle, almost none of whom have close ties to law enforcement, in reacting to the warning signs of what would become the gravest crisis of his young mayoralty.” It is also a story of a Police Department that is vexing for mayors to manage and whose members have grown increasingly frustrated with their leaders and critics alike. Eager to show respect for officers, the mayor unwittingly antagonized them, committing gaffes whose consequences his team was slow to grasp.