New York Post
December 4, 2014

 

Editorial

Defend our police

By Post Editorial Board

Will no one speak up for the NYPD?

Normally, that’s a mayor’s job. But now that a Staten Island grand jury found no probable cause to charge a local cop in the death of Eric Garner, the mayor has refused to take that as an exoneration of an officer’s response to an individual resisting arrest. Instead he’s treating it as an indictment of our entire police force.

He’s been nothing but outspoken: about his backing for a federal investigation, about how he has had to teach his son, Dante, about the “dangers he may face” from police and about how he’s going to reform the police so that “black lives and brown lives matter as much as white lives.”

Translation: Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg and Ray Kelly gave us a racist police force.

No wonder, as police union chief Pat Lynch says, cops listening feel they have been “thrown under the bus.” They have.

What makes the mayor’s statements especially outrageous is that they fly in the face of the evidence. Start with this: In 1994, cops shot 61 people, killing 21. Last year, the numbers were 26 perpetrators shot and eight killed, among the lowest in four decades.

The truth is, the mayor would be doing both his family and his city a favor if he emphasized that the starting point for ensuring black men do not die in the hands of police is to instruct them not to resist arrest.

The police force that has made New York the safest big city in America is arguably the best trained and most restrained in the land. Amid all the cheap anti-cop rhetoric flying around, our men and women in blue deserve to know their mayor has their back — instead of stabbing them in it.