New York Daily News

December 13, 2014, 12:39 PM


 

PBA president to City Hall: Support not ‘crocodiles tears’ 

 

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, was unapologetic over the ‘disinvitation’ form for the mayor and City Council speaker posted online by the PBA.

BY CAITLIN NOLAN, LARRY MCSHANE

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PBA President Patrick Lynch says City Hall should support officers while they are still alive.

The head of the largest NYPD union said Saturday that his officers need City Hall’s support while they’re still breathing — and not “crocodiles tears” once they’re dead.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, offered no apologies for offering cops the option of disinviting Mayor de Blasio and the City Council speaker to their potential line-of-duty funerals.

“We’re the voice of the members,” Lynch said at an annual Christmas party for the widows and children of officers killed on the job.

“And the members said, ‘If they can’t support us now when we’re alive, they surely shouldn’t come to a funeral and have crocodile tears and sit next to my family.’”

On Friday, the union put a form letter on its website for members to ask de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from their funerals if they die in the line of duty.

“I believe their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice,” the letter concludes.

The two politicians quickly blasted the letter as “an inappropriate stunt” laden with “incendiary rhetoric.”

But Lynch insisted the idea came from rank-and-file cops working the streets of New York every day.

He singled out de Blasio for “laying every problem from across the country ... on the shoulders of New York City police officers” in the wake of the Eric Garner grand jury.

The Staten Island panel declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo on any charges in the July 17 chokehold death of Garner. The decision set off protests across the city.

The mayor then incensed the NYPD by saying that he warned his biracial son, 17-year-old Dante, to be particularly careful if approached by city cops.

Lynch — who said he had not spoken with Commissioner William Bratton about the letter — added it was too soon to know how many officers had signed off on the disinvitation.

lmcshane@nydailynews.com