October 23, 2016 | 3:22pm
By Emily Saul
|Bill De Blasio Photo: Getty Images|
Police union leaders slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio early Sunday during an appearance on John Catsimatidis’ talk show–fuming that Hizzoner “neutered” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill in the aftermath of the police-involved shooting in the Bronx last Tuesday.
“There are a lot of facts in this particular incident that have not been made public yet,” Sergeant Benevolence Association head Ed Mullins said during a morning appearance on The Cats Roundtable. “And for the mayor and Commissioner O’Neill to rush to judgement and not afford this officer the opportunity to due process is really off base.”
“I guess [de Blasio] is concerned about his [reelection] and O’Neill is concerned about his position,” Mullins added. “What I’m surprised at is how short a period of time [it took] for [O’Neill] to be neutered by the mayor.”
“This is the most difficult time to be a police officer in my 32 years on the job, Patrolmen’s Benevolence Associate president Pat Lynch said. “We’re getting second-guessed at every turn, [we’re] not getting support from City Hall.”
Deborah Danner was fatally shot in her apartment by Sgt. Hugh Barry late Tuesday, when he and others responded to calls of a disturbance and found the mentally-ill 66-year-old wielding a baseball bat.
Danner was shot twice, and later died.
Both the mayor and the city’s top cop rushed to publicly condemn the shooting, with deBlasio apologizing to Danner’s family, and O’Neill saying cops had failed.
“My commitment as police commissioner is to find out what went wrong and why. What is clear in this one instance — we failed,” O’Neill said.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday his team will not be leading an investigation into the shooting, which will instead be handled by Bronx DA Darcel Clark’s office.
“I intend to conduct a full, reasoned and independent investigation into this matter, with an open mind, and any decisions that I make will be based upon the evidence,” she said.