Police Benevolent Association’s president Patrick Lynch’s vile words accusing the mayor of having “blood in his hands” from the murder in Brooklyn of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, two police officers in the line of duty, are unfair, incendiary and have incited the rank and file to insult mayor Bill de Blasio by turning their backs on him.
The mayor’s crime, according to Lynch’s sick mind, is that he protected the public’s right to peaceful protests over, first the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man and then over the grand jury’s not to indict any of the the cops involved in Gardner’s death that even the coroner’s office has labeled a homicide.
Mr. Lynch this is a democracy where peaceful protest is a right and not a totalitarian regime you would like it to be where only cops are allowed to protest.
Also, according to Lynch’s distorted mind, the mayor insulted the police when the mayor publicly said that he had advised his son wary of the police and obey their orders when stopped. There is nothing insulting or disrespectful with this, on the contrary, it is the right advice in lieu of NYPD members happy trigger fingers. Remember Amadou Diallo who was shot at 41 times, and 19 of those bullets hit him. Unfortunately, this does not only happen in NYC. Dozens of black men and women are killed by police officers in the US every year.
Lynch and his followers don’t deserve any respect when they don’t even show respect for their fallen police officers and their families by politicizing their funerals. It was an inexcusable and shameful new low from the very force that is obligated by their oath to protect and serve the public. Politics must not be part of this oath.
Another reason behind the cops anger with the mayor is that the cops are stewing on the fact that stop and frisk was drastically reduced by mayor de Blasio taking away their autocratic like power over the citizens of New York City, specially when dealing with blacks and Latinos. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, New Yorkers were “subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 5 million times since 2002 and about 90% of those were minorities”. It is a very disturbing statistic to know that a cop, without any reason, can stop, frisk and interrogate you anytime and anywhere. Stop and frisk is anti democratic if not unconstitutional and hasn’t worked. During the first 11 months of 2014 when stop and frisk was down by 79%, crime also went down nearly 5%.
The Siena Research Institute and New York Times poll shows that only 44% of the public and among black voters, with good reason, only 22% believe the police is doing a good job.
Here are some reasons why police officers are held in such low esteem. Patrol cars when cruising, seldom if ever obey transit laws. Cops never stop at a stop signs; at best they slow down. Traffic lights are just hanging ornaments and a red light is a go. Speed limits don’t apply. Double parking next to another cruiser blocking a street lane for a chat with fellow officers is one of their favor pastimes. Cops commandeer the parking spots reserved for the disabled when doing their private errands and are oblivious to the looks of disbelieve and disgust from the public. They just do it because they have the power and no one is to challenge them. Because you if you do, you risk getting arrested on trumped up charges such as disturbing the peace and resisting arrest, or many others even more creative. And who gives the cops summons? Other cops? No way.
These few examples are only the tip of the iceberg of transgressions committed by cops every day that people witness and are powerless to do anything to stop them.
Rogue officers don’t make every officer a bad officer as long as the good ones don’t cover up for the bad ones. Once they do, every one becomes just as bad. That is what the blue wall of silence is all about, covering up and keeping silence over the despicable behavior and abuse of power of a bunch of rogue cops.
Lynch and his cronies not only disrespected the mayor but demanded an apology from him. What gall these sorry officers, who don’t deserve to be in uniform, have. Lynch, you and your underlings are the ones who owe the mayor, the families of the two fallen cops and the public an apology. I know that that will not happen because your arrogance knows no bounds. Your Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect only exists on the side of your patrol cars.