New York Daily News

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 1:18 PM


 

The Shack


De Blasio to cops: Thanks for your help

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, THOMAS TRACY

Mayor de Blasio thanked the police for "another great year" in crime reductions and for keeping the peace at all the protests connected to the Eric Garner case during a closed door meeting with police brass Thursday.

Mayor de Blasio thanked the NYPD for “another great year” in crime reduction and applauded the police’s efforts in ensuring the public’s right to protest over the death of Eric Garner during a visit to police headquarters Thursday morning, police sources said.

Taking the podium at the NYPD’s weekly CompStat meeting for about 15 minutes, de Blasio said the NYPD has reduced crime even further than in 2013, witnesses to the closed door gathering said.

He also thanked the cops for their role in keeping the peace during the nightly protests over a grand jury decision not to indict the cop who killed Garner with a chokehold banned by the NYPD.

The mayor added that violence by protestors would not be tolerated and takes away the message of legitimate protestors, those in attendance, who were mostly cops from Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, said.

De Blasio would not speak to reporters as he entered 1 Police Plaza Thursday.

It’s unclear if his comments will smooth out the wrinkles between himself and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, who lashed out against the mayor on Friday, telling his delegates that de Blasio “thinks he’s running a f---ing revolution” and encouraged officers to “extreme discretion” when dealing with City Hall.

"Our friends, we're courteous to them," Lynch said at the meeting, according to an audio recording acquired by Capital New York. "Our enemies, extreme discretion. The rules are made by them to hurt you. Well now we'll use those rules to protect us."

Lynch's directives come as the feud between himself and City Hall spiraled out of control over the mayor's claims that he has warned his bi-racial son Dante to be wary of the police.

Lynch said the Mayor's comments -- made the night after a grand jury failed to indict the cop who killed Staten Island resident Eric Garner with a chokehold banned by the NYPD -- threw cops across the city "under the bus."

The PBA also started circulating a controversial form letter in which cops could ask the mayor not to attend their funeral if they die in the line of duty.

Union heads were further angered when de Blasio called the seven people wanted for questioning on an attack on two police lieutenants on the Brooklyn Bridge following Saturday’s protest “alleged” suspects.

PBA spokesman Al O'Leary, who attended the delegate’s meeting, confirmed the comments Lynch made on Friday, but said the PBA president was not calling for an NYPD-wide slowdown.

"He just said to do the job right," said O'Leary.

Some police unions are hoping to mend fences with City Hall.

Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins, who called de Blasio a “nincompoop” a week earlier, said Wednesday that he would like to sit down with the mayor so everyone could air their grievances.

He also cited Cardinal Dolan’s exclusive commentary in Monday’s Daily News, where he recommended everyone needed to work together.

Roy Richter, the president of the Captains Endowment’s Association, agreed saying he would “strongly support” a roundtable discussion with the mayor.

“The only way you can resolve difference is by communication,” Richter said. “\[It\] can bring about positive solutions to the many challenges New York City police officers deal with every day.”

Detectives' Endowment Association President Michael Palladino said, “When tensions are high, an exchange of dialogue can’t hurt.”