New York Daily News

December 21, 2014, 7:52 AM


 

 

NYPD cops furious with Bill de Blasio turn their backs on the mayor as he enters hospital where officers died

 

The police unions have been ticked off by the support de Blasio has shown the legions protesting a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a cop in Eric Garner’s July 17 chokehold death.

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, JENNIFER FERMINO, BILL HUTCHINSON

WPIX

A hallway at Woodhull Hospital filled with cops showing de Blasio their back sides as he walks a blue gauntlet is shown in a video captured by WPIX11 News.

Believing City Hall has betrayed them, cops demonstrated their anger Saturday by turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio as he entered a Brooklyn hospital to pay his respects to two murdered officers.

A startling video shows a hallway at Woodhull Hospital filled with officers silently facing away from de Blasio as he walks a blue gantlet.

The demonstration, captured by WPIX11 News, included the presidents of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

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The scene after two cops were shot to death in Brooklyn on Saturday.

“Mayor de Blasio, the blood of these two officers is clearly on your hands,” Ed Mullins, president of the sergeants association, said in a statement to his union members Saturday night.

“It is your failed policies and actions that enabled this tragedy to occur,” he said. “I only hope and pray that more of these ambushes and executions do not happen again.”

Patrick Lynch, head of the PBA, echoed Mullins’ anger at the mayor.

“That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor,” Lynch said in statement. “When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable.”

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Last week, the city's largest police union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, posted a form letter on its website asking its members to sign to say they did not want de Blasio or Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to attend their funerals if they died in the line of duty. Pictured is PBA President Patrick Lynch.
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The demonstration came as de Blasio went to the hospital after Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were mortally wounded by Ismaaiyl Brimsley.

He added that the blame also goes to “those who incited violence on the street under the guise of protest that tried to tear down what NYC police officers did every day.”

“We tried to warn,” Lynch said. “It must not go on. It cannot be tolerated.”

Former Gov. George Pataki also lashed out against the mayor, claiming the cops’ deaths were a “predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of #ericholder & #mayordiblasio.”

Shortly after the officers were killed, a MoveOn.org petition was formed demanding de Blasio’s ouster.

“NYC residents demand the exit of Mayor Bill DeBlasio after 2 NYPD officers were shot and killed today 12/20/14,” wrote the petitioners, who identified themselves as “The People of NYC.” The petitioners said de Blasio was “unfit to lead this city” and “unfit to have a relationship with his police department.”

“Accountability for his actions and words MUST be handed down,” they wrote, demanding, “proper protocol to be followed to name a replacement before a special election.”

More than 34,000 people had signed the petition by early Sunday.

    
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Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said it was Mayor de Blasio's 'failed policies and actions that enabled this tragedy to occur.'  

Despite the protests at Woodhull Hospital and online, an emotional de Blasio praised the slain officers, Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, for making the ultimate sacrifice.

“These officers were shot execution-style, (a) particularly despicable act, which goes to the very heart of our society and democracy,” de Blasio said. “When a police officer is murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society. It is an attack on all of us. It’s an attack on everything we hold dear.

“We depend on our police to protect us against forces of criminality and evil,” the mayor said. “They are a foundation of our society, and when they are attacked, it is an attack on the very concept of decency. Therefore, every New Yorker should feel they, too, were attacked. Our entire city was attacked by this heinous individual.”

The police unions have been ticked off because they don’t think de Blasio has given them sufficient support after a Staten Island grand jury opted not to indict a cop in Eric Garner’s July 17 chokehold death.

“Ever since this mayor took office there has been a sense of lawlessness that is rampant in every borough,” Mullins said in his statement Saturday night.

Following the Dec. 3 grand jury announcement not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, de Blasio said he was “astonished by the decision” and called it a “very painful day for so many New Yorkers.”

Lynch said de Blasio’s comments made cops feel like “they were thrown under the bus.”

The PBA began circulating a petition for cops to demand that de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito not attend their funeral if they die in the line of duty. The PBA would not immediately reveal if either Ramos or Liu had signed the controversial request.

“(This is) not the time for politics,” a PBA spokesman said.

De Blasio’s spokesman Phil Walzak said Saturday it was disappointing for leaders to bash the mayor in a time of grief.

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The police unions have been ticked off by the support de Blasio has shown those protesting a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a cop for the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

“It’s unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people,” Walzak said. “Mayor de Blasio understands this is the time when we must come together to support the families and friends of those brave officers New York City lost tonight — and the entire NYPD community.”

Some New Yorkers feared police will make them pay for the slayings committed by a cop-hating lunatic.

“If two cops got shot, what’s gonna happen to the neighborhood?” asked Lafiette Wells, 41, who lives in the Tompkins Houses in Brooklyn, where the officers were executed.

“I just don’t want my son to come out the door and just be stopped because he’s black or he happens to be walking behind a police car and they’re all nervous and itchy-fingered,” Wells said. “My nerves are shot just thinking about it.”

With TINA MOORE, BARRY PADDOCK, THOMAS TRACY, JAN RANSOM,CHAUNCEY ALCORN