PBA president Patrick J. Lynch and Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA) president Edward D. Mullins voiced their outrage over the vile and insulting pronouncements of some in connection with the tragic death in custody of Mr. Eric Gardner on Staten Island on July 17th. They contend that the damage to the reputation of police officers resulting from debate over a failed managerial policy regarding stop, question and frisk has sent the mistaken message to criminals that it is acceptable to resist arrest for minor infractions.
PBA president Lynch said:
“That attitude is a direct result of the lack of respect for law enforcement resulting from the slanderous, insulting and unjust manner in which police officers are being portrayed by race baiters, politicians, pundits and even elected officials. We are here today to send a message to all criminals in every community across our city that the charge of resisting arrest is a very serious and dangerous crime.”
SBA president Mullins said:
“The attacks on the NYPD have become completely disgraceful and truly unwarranted. Police Officer Pantaleo didn’t go to work with the intention of killing anyone. He simply was trying to do his job. Would the circumstances be different today if Eric Garner was not committing a crime or had complied with a lawful order? The men and women of the NYPD are being unfairly targeted by bottom feeders and politicians who have chosen to placate a cast of characters whose credibility is less than moral. These attacks on the NYPD are wrong, need to stop and the hard working people of this city need to stand and support the NYPD.”