Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Yorkers Disapprove of Cops Turning Their Backs on de Blasio

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly praised police officers, yet he has also supported the rights of protesters against police violence and stated, following the Eric Garner decision, that he warned his biracial son, Dante, to "take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him." His honest, balanced statement about relations between the black community and the police was too much for many members of the NYPD who, in a show of profound disrespect, turned their backs on the mayor at the funeral of murdered officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. A public opinion poll shows that a majority of New Yorkers disapprove of this action:

A new public opinion poll shows that an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers—nearly 80 percent—believe police union leader Patrick Lynch was "too extreme" in saying that the mayor's office had blood on its hands for supporting the Mike Brown and Eric Garner protests. The poll comes amid persisting tensions between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD officers, and union leaders, which came to a head after two cops were shot and killed in Brooklyn on December 20. The Quinnipiac University poll, published Thursday, showed that 69 percent of New Yorkers disapproved of police officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as an act of protest during the funerals of recently slain officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

The poll also revealed stark racial divides in New Yorkers' opinions on the mayor's handling of relations between the police and the community: 62 percent of black respondents approved, while 63 percent of white respondents disapproved. They were similarly divided on who they believed was at fault for the ongoing tensions between de Blasio and the NYPD: 69 percent of black voters blamed police; 61 percent of white voters blamed the mayor.

Photo: John Minchillo/AP


Michael J. Mand said...

Lynch's extremely low approval rating is testimony enough to the public's belief that the officer's childish behavior was beneath everyone's dignity.

As for de Blasio, after a shaky public relations start to his administration, of late, he is saying the right things and making the right moves. It is far too early to label his mayoralty a failure as I have some call it.

Jeff Tone said...

Those who already call de Blasio's mayoralty a failure never liked him from the start. Look at the constant drumbeat from the New York Post. Universal preschool is already a major achievement. I also praise him for his stances on immigration and low-income housing.

As for Lynch, he is simply a demagogue. Even the police lost patience with his focus on an apology from the mayor instead of on protective equipment.