Public Sector Alliance Dec. 4, 2014 | 8:53 PM


De Blasio, P.B.A. continue war of words

By Sally Goldenberg

Mayor Bill de Blasio's ongoing spat with the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association intensified Thursday with a back-and-forth over an emotional speech the mayor delivered Wednesday night after a grand jury decided not to hand up an indictment in the Eric Garner death.

De Blasio, who has a bi-racial teenage son, addressed the verdict in personal terms—discussing having to speak to his son over the years about race relations and policing.

But P.B.A. president Pat Lynch said officers felt "they were thrown under the bus" by the mayor's remarks.

He said the mayor "spoke about that we have to teach our children … that they should be afraid of New York City police officers. That's not true. We have to teach our children, our sons and daughters, no matter what they look like, to respect New York City police officers."