Cops again turn their backs on de Blasio at funeral for Officer Liu

Despite the pleas of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, New York Police, and many spectators, turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu Sunday.  The New York Times and Reuters both put the number of cops snubbing hizzoner at “hundreds,” but the New York Post put the number in the “thousands.”  From the Post’s account:

Thousands of NYPD cops, still seething over Mayor de Blasio’s characterization of them as the bad guys, defied their commissioner and turned their backs on Hizzoner Sunday as he eulogized the second of two officers killed by a police-hating assassin.

The bitter, silent protest by the officers stretched for blocks along 65th Street in Brooklyn as de Blasio’s image appeared on giant video screens during the service for fallen Finest Wenjian Liu at the Aievoli Funeral Home in Dyker Heights.

At one corner, a cop called out “About face!’’ and officers in range of his voice — as well as many civilians — did just that. (snip)

Some of the cops closest to the funeral home didn’t move as de Blasio took the podium inside, but the overwhelming majority of those behind them turned around to protest Hizzoner.

One cop who didn’t turn his back but looked away said, “I didn’t turn my back out of respect for the commissioner. But there’s no way I’m going to look at the mayor. He’s a joke. Everything he says today, he’s doing it to cover his a- -.”

Even the Times admitted:

Among the thousands lined up on 65th Street, the officers who turned their backs did so in large clusters, in small pockets and, in some cases, alone, facing their fellow officers with heads tilted down, avoiding eye contact. They came from a number of precincts, from out-of-town departments and from the ranks of the retired.

Tom Burke, who retired in 2007 after 22 years on the force, was among those who spun around outside the funeral.

“He’s been a cop hater since before he got elected mayor,” Mr. Burke said. Noting in particular the mayor’s close relationship with the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has frequently been seen leading protests against police behavior, Mr. Burke said of New York’s officers, “They’re not going to forgive him ever.”

One Metropolitan Transportation Authority officer who did not turn his back said that while he disagreed with officers near him who did, he would not criticize them. “I understand why they did it,” he said.

I doubt that de Blasio will get anywhere with his police department until he apologizes, something that people who know him think unlikely.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, criminals are getting the message that the cops have changed their policy, and it is back to Dinkins Rules – cops will no longer do what they have done since Giuliani Rules came into effect, and petty crimes were prosecuted, and police would stop and frisk suspicious people in high-crime (aka minority) neighborhoods.

If crime starts increasing in high-crime areas, and black (and other) lives start being lost in higher numbers, it will be a tragedy.  What will the #BlackLivesMatter crowd make of an increased homicide rate?

New York City looks as though it is embarking on an important social experiment.  One that will be very costly.

Despite the pleas of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, New York Police, and many spectators, turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu Sunday.  The New York Times and Reuters both put the number of cops snubbing hizzoner at “hundreds,” but the New York Post put the number in the “thousands.”  From the Post’s account:

Thousands of NYPD cops, still seething over Mayor de Blasio’s characterization of them as the bad guys, defied their commissioner and turned their backs on Hizzoner Sunday as he eulogized the second of two officers killed by a police-hating assassin.

The bitter, silent protest by the officers stretched for blocks along 65th Street in Brooklyn as de Blasio’s image appeared on giant video screens during the service for fallen Finest Wenjian Liu at the Aievoli Funeral Home in Dyker Heights.

At one corner, a cop called out “About face!’’ and officers in range of his voice — as well as many civilians — did just that. (snip)

Some of the cops closest to the funeral home didn’t move as de Blasio took the podium inside, but the overwhelming majority of those behind them turned around to protest Hizzoner.

One cop who didn’t turn his back but looked away said, “I didn’t turn my back out of respect for the commissioner. But there’s no way I’m going to look at the mayor. He’s a joke. Everything he says today, he’s doing it to cover his a- -.”

Even the Times admitted:

Among the thousands lined up on 65th Street, the officers who turned their backs did so in large clusters, in small pockets and, in some cases, alone, facing their fellow officers with heads tilted down, avoiding eye contact. They came from a number of precincts, from out-of-town departments and from the ranks of the retired.

Tom Burke, who retired in 2007 after 22 years on the force, was among those who spun around outside the funeral.

“He’s been a cop hater since before he got elected mayor,” Mr. Burke said. Noting in particular the mayor’s close relationship with the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has frequently been seen leading protests against police behavior, Mr. Burke said of New York’s officers, “They’re not going to forgive him ever.”

One Metropolitan Transportation Authority officer who did not turn his back said that while he disagreed with officers near him who did, he would not criticize them. “I understand why they did it,” he said.

I doubt that de Blasio will get anywhere with his police department until he apologizes, something that people who know him think unlikely.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, criminals are getting the message that the cops have changed their policy, and it is back to Dinkins Rules – cops will no longer do what they have done since Giuliani Rules came into effect, and petty crimes were prosecuted, and police would stop and frisk suspicious people in high-crime (aka minority) neighborhoods.

If crime starts increasing in high-crime areas, and black (and other) lives start being lost in higher numbers, it will be a tragedy.  What will the #BlackLivesMatter crowd make of an increased homicide rate?

New York City looks as though it is embarking on an important social experiment.  One that will be very costly.