January 13, 2015 | 5:15pm

 

Screaming match erupts between cops, union head over de Blasio

By Jamie Schram

Tempers exploded among the NYPD’s rank-and-file yesterday when insurgent PBA members blasted union President Pat Lynch for demanding an apology from Mayor de Blasio instead of focusing on the safety of officers.

During an “open mike”session near the end of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s monthly meeting, one union delegate said that what cops ­really needed were new ­patrol cars, better computers, updated bulletproof vests and more manpower, sources told The Post.

“I don’t care if the mayor apologizes or not, I just care about safety!” the delegate yelled, according to a source.

On Monday, an exclusive Post report revealed how most NYPD cops are wearing body armor that should have been replaced years ago because the warranties have expired.

Lynch has demanded an apology from de Blasio for a lack of support in the aftermath of the Eric Garner grand-jury decision, particularly when the mayor announced that he had told his mixed-race son, Dante, to be wary of cops.

All-out dissention erupted following the delegate’s outburst Tuesday, and the meeting of roughly 400 cops degenerated into a shouting match, another source said.

In a statement released ­afterward, Lynch tried to downplay the incident at Antun’s catering hall in Queens Village, blaming “a few agitators.” Lynch also vowed to “continue to voice the serious concerns of New York City police officers to this administration at City Hall and Police Plaza and not be distracted by sideshows.

“The frustration with the mayor’s policies and concerns for safety continues to be expressed by our members,” he added.

“They are rightly angered by the lack of support from City Hall, the dangerous lack of staffing, the lack of proper equipment to deal with the lethal environment we face and the reinstituted quota policies and retaliation against police officers who fail to meet them.”

But another source, who called the meeting a “blowout,” said: “Patty is losing control of the union. That’s the bottom line.”

Also Tuesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton took a shot at Lynch over the war of words with de Blasio, which Bratton called “unfortunate” and “inappropriate.”

“My relationship with Pat is both a personal and a professional one,” Bratton told PBS’s “Charlie Rose” show. “Do I agree with everything he’s doing? Certainly not. And I think in this instance that I’d certainly trust my concerns about it.”

Additional reporting by Shawn Cohen and Bruce Golding