New York Daily News

Updated: May 5, 2015, 4:43 PM

  

 

PBA head Patrick Lynch says he is 'gratified by Mayor de Blasio’s strong support' after fatal shooting of NYPD Officer Brian Moore

BY JENNIFER FERMINO, LARRY MCSHANE

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Pat Lynch commended Mayor de Blasio in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of NYPD Officer Brian Moore, saying he hopes "his remarks signal the beginning of a new era of unanimity."
    
NYPD Officer Brian Moore was shot in the face in Queens on May 2, and later died from his injuries. He was the first NYPD cop to be killed on duty since two officers were killed in Brooklyn in December.  
 
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Mayor Bill de Blasio feuded with Lynch following the December shooting deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, with Lynch saying “the blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall.”  

The head of the city police union, five months after his rank and file publicly spurned Mayor de Blasio, says Hizzoner now deserves a pat on the back.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Patrick Lynch, who unloaded on the mayor after the December assassination of two officers, issued a more conciliatory message after the weekend shooting of Officer Brian Moore.

“We are gratified by Mayor de Blasio’s strong support for his police officers in these troubled times,” said a statement from Lynch. “And we hope his remarks signal the beginning of a new era of unanimity between our officers, who serve and protect, and the mayor.”

Mayoral spokesman Phil Walzak issued his own statement affirming Lynch’s assessment of the improved relations between the two sides.

“The mayor remains committed to keeping New York City the safest big city in the world, bringing police and the community closer together and supporting the brave men and women of the NYPD who put themselves on the line every day to keep us all safe,” said Walzak.

The mayor went directly to Jamaica Hospital after Officer Brian Moore was mortally wounded on Saturday night.

But De Blasio steered clear of Jamaica Hospital on Monday after Officer Brian Moore was pronounced dead, saying it was a day for the NYPD to mourn one of its own.

And the mayor was effusive in his praise of the slain officer, calling Moore “one of the best amongst us, a young man who was called to do good for others ... who was willing to put his life on the line.”

The mayor, after the December double slaying of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, was disrespected by city cops at the funerals for both men.

In both cases, the officers gathered at the services turned their backs on the mayor — who fired back that the police behavior was “disrespectful to the families involved.”

Lynch, in one of his more incendiary comments, declared “the blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor” after the Brooklyn killings.

It was the biggest rift in the troubled relationship between the city’s cops and the mayor.

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Mayor de Blasio called slain Officer Moore “one of the best amongst us, a young man who was called to do good for others.”

lmcshane@nydailynews.com