Sunday, December 14, 2014
As thousands of people demonstrated in Washington DC, New York, Boston and other cities across the country yesterday against an epidemic of homicides in which police officers have killed unarmed black citizens, the New York City police officers union kicked off a campaign to prevent Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from attending police funerals.
WTF, you ask?
Patrick Lynch, the head of the NYPD Police Officers Benevolent Association, wants everyone to know that he is really really upset about their lack of support for Officer Pantaleo, the cop who killed Eric Garner with a choke hold. Never mind that Eric Garner was unarmed and had just broken up a fight by separating the combatants. He had to be stopped from selling single cigarettes, or loosies as they are called, don’cha know, because respect for the rule of law would cease to exist if they didn’t, and the terrorists would take over Staten Island and start beheading people. They have to be stopped over there so they don’t kill us over here, or some such nonsense.
Reuters reports that,
The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association posted a form on its website, for members to sign, that requests that de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito keep away from funeral services should an officer die in the line of duty.
The form, entitled “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice”, accused the pair of “consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve.”
Meanwhile Mayor deBlasio, who is married to a black woman, is more concerned about the survival and safety of their son than placating whining cops with sweet political nothings praising the incompetent grand jury decision not to indict Pantaleo and declaring that it’s time to move on. He didn’t have time for that bullshit. He had to have the talk that no parent wants to have.
He had to warn his biracial son to be wary of racist cops with guns and bad attitudes or he might end up as yet another name on a long list of innocent unarmed victims murdered by police.
Here’s Reuters again,
In response, de Blasio and Mark-Viverito released a joint statement saying the union’s campaign was divisive.
“Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics,” local media quoted them as saying in the statement.
Good for them.
I think the NYPD Police Officers Benevolent Association and its members need to STFU and stop killing people.