Capital News 8:27 p.m. | Jan. 6, 2015


Lynch: Apology from de Blasio ‘would go a long way’

By Azi Paybarah

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Pat Lynch.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said today that an apology from Mayor Bill de Blasio "would go a long way" toward helping to heal a rift between the police department and City Hall.

Speaking on NPR’s "All Things Considered," Lynch reiterated his earlier complaints that de Blasio has been insufficiently supportive of New York City police officers.

“City Hall is creating a climate where every interaction with police officers turn into a confrontation,” Lynch said in his first interview since last month’s slaying of two police officers in Brooklyn.

Asked what impact an apology from de Blasio would have on police officers, Lynch said, “It would go a long way to say we can now start the dialogue on how to correct the problem and do our jobs better, rather than constantly putting gasoline on the fire.”