VIDEO>>> De Blasio Scolds Police Officers for Turning Their Backs During Funeral
Mayor Bill De Blasio told reporters today that police officers were “disrespectful” when they turned their backs on him during the funeral Sunday of Officer Wenjian Liu.
De Blasio made his comments today during a press conference with Commissioner Bratton.
The mayor said it was “disrespectful.”
He has still not apologized for saying the police department was racist.
Hundreds of police officers turned their backs again on Mayor De Blasio during Sunday’s funeral.
The AP reported:
New York City Mayor Bill de Bladio said it was “disrespectful” for some New York Police Department officers to turn their backs to him during a pair of funerals for slain police officers.
The act of protest were hurtful to the families of the two cops killed in an ambush last month, de Blasio said in his first public remarks on the officers’ protests.
The chasm between the police unions and de Blasio has created the biggest crisis of his year-old tenure. Police union leaders have said he contributed to an environment that allowed the officers’ slayings by supporting protests following the police killings of unarmed black men in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri.
De Blasioo argued that the public rebuke was an offense to the city at large.
“Those individuals who took certain actions the last two weeks, they were disrespectful to the families involved. That’s the bottom line,” de Blasio said at a news conference, held at police headquarters. “They were disrespectful to the families who lost their loved ones. I can’t understand why anyone would do such a thing in the context like that.”
Patrick Lynch, head of the city’s rank-and-file police union, said after the deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjin Liu that de Blasio had “blood on his hands.” Thousands of officers turned their backs on de Blasio when he delivered eulogies at Ramos’ funeral last month and again Sunday at Liu’s funeral.