Sunday, December 21, 2014

Police Union Pres. Blames Protesters, Mayor for Murders of NYC Officers

Last night in Brooklyn, police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assassinated execution-style as they sat in their patrol car. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who wrote about retribution on Instagram, then ran to a nearby subway station and committed suicide. In addition to being a cowardly and despicable act, this double murder enabled right-wingers to blame protesters for "incitement," denying the fact that the goal of the protests is police reform, not murder. That includes tweets by conservatives, including former NY Governor George Pataki, who blamed Attorney General Eric Holder and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for "anti-cop rhetoric." The always divisive Rudy Giuliani (I'm so glad he's no longer my mayor) blamed Obama for teaching "anti-police hatred." Reacting to de Blasio's support for the rights of protesters and his statement that he warned his biracial son, Dante, to "take special care" around the police (said following the Eric Garner decision; de Blasio has also repeatedly praised police for their work), Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch added to the demagoguery by proclaiming that there is "blood on many hands," including "those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest” and "the office of the mayor.” Watch:


Michael J. Mand said...

Much as I hate to admit it, there is some truth to Lynch's remarks. I wouldn't lay any blame at the feet of Mayor DeBlasio, as Lynch doesm but with such easy access to deadly weapons, it isn't very difficult to incite a simple, dimented mind to act out, believing that he (she, but usually he) is justified by cause. It is the responsibility of leadership to encourage non-violent protest when protest is appropriate. Sadly, I don't see that leadership right now, so Lynch's anger is understandable.

Jeff Tone said...

I see no truth to Lynch's remarks, just pure demagoguery. There's nothing the mayor said that would lead to this terrible act. De Blasio has only used his leadership to encourage non-violent protest.