New York Daily News

May 3, 2015, 9:46 PM

  

 

PBA boss Patrick Lynch holds his fire after shooting of cop

BY BEN KOCHMAN, DANNY LEWIS, STEPHEN REX BROWN

THEODORE PARISIENNE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Police union chief Patrick Lynch on Sunday called for support of cops, but he didn't slam City Hall.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch opted Sunday not to bring politics into the shooting of Officer Brian Moore — a departure from his previous aggressive criticism of Mayor de Blasio in the wake of a similar tragedy.

The somber union boss lamented the recent string of violent encounters with cops, but did not assign blame in the Queens shooting beyond the suspects.

“It’s getting too dangerous on the streets when everything turns into a confrontation, and those confrontations turn into incidents like this,” Lynch said at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, where Moore fought for his life.

The union boss did not criticize de Blasio’s calls for reforms of the NYPD, as he had following the execution of two cops patrolling Brooklyn in December.

Following the ambush, Lynch notoriously said de Blasio “had blood on the hands” for what he said was fostering an anti-cop environment.

After Demetrius Blackwell’s arraignment for allegedly shooting Moore, Lynch called for the public’s support of cops, flanked by hundreds of officers.

“New York City police officers will square their shoulders and puff their chests. There will be tears in their eyes, but they’ll go out and do their job. There will be sorrow in their hearts, but they’ll raise their shoulders for this family to lift them up,” Lynch said.