New York Daily News

December 17, 2014, 11:30 AM


 

 

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch blasts de Blasio, says he is 'running a f---ing revolution'

 

Lynch also encouraged rank-and-file cops to use 'extreme discretion' when dealing with critics from City Hall, it was revealed Thursday.

BY THOMAS TRACY, OREN YANIV

     
ALEC TABAK/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch again lashed out at Mayor de Blasio, claiming Hizzoner is 'running a f---ing revolution' rather than a city.

 

The head of the NYPD’s largest union again lashed out at Mayor de Blasio, claiming Hizzoner is “running a f---ing revolution” rather than a city.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch also encouraged rank-and-file cops to use “extreme discretion” when dealing with critics from City Hall, it was revealed Thursday.

“Our friends, we’re courteous to them,” Lynch said at a delegates meeting in Queens Dec. 12, according to a 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.”

“If we won’t get support when we do our jobs, if we’re going to get hurt for doing what’s right, then we’re going to do it the way they want it,” he said.

“He is not running the city of New York. He thinks he’s running a f---ing revolution,” Lynch said of the mayor.

Lynch appeared to be calling for a work slowdown, but PBA spokesman Al O’Leary said that was untrue.

“He just said to do the job right,” he said.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said there’s no evidence of a slowdown.

“We’ve seen no indication of officers not doing what we expect them to do,” he said. “There are officers that despite the many concerns they may have, some of which were voiced by Mr. Lynch, doing what you would expect them to do, behaving very professionally.”

But Anthony Miranda, a retired NYPD lieutenant and chair of the National Latino Officers Association, called Lynch’s comments “alarmist.”

“Lynch is feeding into the emotions of cops. That doesn’t lead to good relations,” Miranda said.

The union boss’ directives come as his feud with de Blasio continues to spiral out of control over the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

De Blasio did not speak to reporters Thursday when he attended a CompStat meeting and thanked police brass for “another great year” in crime reduction, police sources said.

A de Blasio spokesman would not comment directly on Lynch’s comments, but said “we should all be coming together when our city faces challenges.”