The fraternal bond between law enforcement officials has long been known for its legendary strength in the face of adversary and grief. Yet the show of solidarity recently displayed in New York City has crossed not only international borders, but reached beyond the seas. As reported by the Washington, DC-based the Raw Story news portal on Dec. 28, 2014, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani took to the airwaves to cite that officers attending the funeral for an assassinated brother weren’t just from The Big Apple.
While appearing on the Sunday morning news program Fox & Friends Weekend (see video) Mayor Giuliani came right out and plainly stated that the city’s current mayor, Bill de Blasio, has brought the lack of respect paid to him by members of the New York Police Department upon himself. According to Giuliani, of the multitude of officers who turned their collective backs on the big screen image of de Blasio at the wake of Officer Rafael Ramos, law enforcement officials (LEOs) from Canada, California and Australia displayed their singularity of thought with their Gotham brethren as they too, executed a literal about face to de Blasio. According to the right-of-center Breitbart.com news service, the sea of LEOs turning their backs to the mayor numbered in the thousands.
Not the first time New York’s Finest gave de Blasio the cold shoulder, many within their ranks openly blame de Blasio for stoking the fires of racial hatred to such a degree, many marchers have openly called for the killing of police officers. In the wake of the execution-style killing of Officers Rafael Ramon and Wenjian Liu in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch said the mayor had “blood on his hands” after last weekend’s murders.
As reported by the New York Daily News, “Officers from other departments who came to the funeral joined the New York contingent in dissing the mayor, whose remarks were greeted with no applause and a lack of emotion by the thousands of cops on the street. ‘I’ve got nothing personal against the man, but in solidarity I wanted to do it,’ said Deputy Juan Guzman of the Alexandria, Va., police. ‘So many out-of-state officers did it. It wasn’t planned. Everyone just started to do it.'”
As noted, the prevailing attitude of many NYPD officers is anger at the mayor for his going public at a press conference when he divulged that he told his “biracial son to be wary of police.” A number of officers are also angry that de Blasio failed to “support Officer Daniel Pantaleo earlier this month after a grand jury voted not to indict the cop in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island.” Adding insult to injury, Union leaders have said “cops don’t feel supported by de Blasio. They were incensed by the mayor’s backing of Rachel Noerdlinger, the former chief of staff for First Lady Chirlane McCray, despite anti-police comments made on social media by her son and boyfriend.”