When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio showed up for the police press conference following the brutal execution-style murders of two members of the NYPD, officers in attendance turned their backs on him. He got off easy. They should have roughed him up.
De Blasio needs to admit his fault and resign. Immediately. Anything less is cowardly and unacceptable.
Police around the nation are understandably on edge following the killing of two of their brothers in blue, but especially so in New York. De Blasio has openly supported New York area agitators and thugs protesting the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. Now, the police are making sure the world knows who’s to blame.
Mayor de Blasio, the blood of these two officers is clearly on your hands,” Ed Mullins, president of the sergeants association, said in a statement to his union members Saturday night.
“It is your failed policies and actions that enabled this tragedy to occur,” Mullins said. “I only hope and pray that more of these ambushes and executions do not happen again.”
Patrick Lynch, head of the patrol officers’ union, echoed Mullins’ anger at the mayor.
“That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor,” Lynch said in statement. “When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable.”
Lynch and Mullins are correct. A mayor’s first duty is to protect his citizenry, and therefore he should support those who risk their lives every day to do that job. De Blasio failed the police, he failed New York residents, and most of all, he failed Officers Ramos and Liu.
The blame does not stop with de Blasio, however.
Protests and riots and violence have erupted all around the nation. Many, likely most, of the protesters have been calm and well-intentioned, however there have been enough incidents of violence and destruction that it’s become clear they are no anomaly. It’s bad enough that poorly informed masses remain convinced that the deaths of Garner and Brown were intentional, we’ve been subjected to professional athletes and musicians and entertainers and news people and politicians egging them on. These people should be ashamed of themselves for using something as touchy as the Garner and Brown cases to gain notoriety for themselves.
There’s evidence that the disgusting murders of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu will not be the last. Social media has been abuzz since the news of the killings broke, with vile cheerleading and congratulations.
That Ramos and Liu’s killer took his own life only adds to the injustice; their families should have been able to see him duly tried and sentenced. New York has a moratorium in place on capital punishment, but a killer cowardly taking his own life is an unsatisfying form of justice.
In a terrible, sad bit of irony, these murders only reinforce the strength of the defense of Officers Pantaleo and Wilson in the Garner and Brown cases. Police kill with hesitation; they are highly trained, and are taught to use lethal force only when necessary to protect their own life or the life of another. With this latest, unprovoked and barbaric murder of two good men, protesters have unwittingly given good police everywhere another solid reason to fear for their lives. Lebron James, Samuel Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest of the imbeciles that have called protesters to arms now have blood on their hands.
It’s heartbreaking to know that these murders didn’t have to happen, and worse to know that they won’t be the last. While there can no longer be justice for the victims or their families, some small measure of justice will be achieved if de Blasio resigns immediately and admits his fault. He will not be able to finish his term, that much is clear. He has no support from the police, the fire department, or any of the others who make New York City function.