Liberals have always had a tense relationship with our law enforcement professionals, but all of that has come to a head with the recent killings in New York City. Between the civilian death of Eric Garner and the NYPD deaths of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, the rift between liberal Democrat leaders and their law enforcement counterparts in New York City has become strikingly clear. Highlighting this difference was the recent decision by the Policeman Benevolent Association (PBA) to tell Mayor Bill de Blasio that he was not welcome at police officer funerals, and then even more dramatic – when Mayor de Blasio entered the building to speak about the deaths of officers Liu and Ramos every officer in the building turned their back on him!
Now former high-ranking NYPD officials are speaking out and holding nothing back as they blame the de Blasio administration and his liberal allies for the deaths of these officers.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard “Bernie” Kerik said that both de Blasio and Al Sharpton “have blood on their hands.”
Bernard Kerik: In this circumstance I believe, I personally feel, that Mayor de Blasio, [Al] Sharpton and others like them, they actually have blood on their hands. They encouraged this behavior. They encouraged protests. These so-called peaceful protests that, where people are standing out there saying “kill the cops,” well, I hope they’re happy, because they got what they wanted.
Judge Jeanine Pirro: And what you’re referring to, of course, last Saturday’s protest on the Brooklyn Bridge. The so-called peaceful protest where the protestors yelled, “What do we want? dead cops. When do we want it? Now.”
Kerik: We want them now.
Pirro: And then two New York City police lieutenants assaulted, mayor de blasio comes out and says they were allegedly assaulted. They weren’t allegedly assaulted; they were assaulted.
Kerik: They were assaulted, they were beaten, their radios were taken. It — you know, I’m numb. I am numb, and you have to question whether this man, Mayor de Blasio, can actually lead this city. You have to question that. You have to wonder, how can he lead the city?
Similarly, Pat Lynch, who is the head of the Policeman’s Benevolent Association and has been leading the charge against the anti-police rhetoric being spewed by political activists in New York City, said that there is surely blood on Mayor de Blasio’s hands.
Pat Lynch, President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA):
There’s blood on many hands tonight. Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day. We tried to warn, it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor.
Starting today, we started the mourning for our brother police officers. They’re heroes, they’re fathers, they’re brothers, they’re children. That’s the men we lost today. So, starting in the next couple of hours and going for a number of days, New York City police officers, through their sadness, will straighten their shoulders, stiffen their backs and mourn for these families. We’ll mourn for our city, and we’ll mourn for our brothers. When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable. We ask every person in the city to bow their heads tonight and pray for our families, the families of our lost police officers, their families and the family of every police officer on patrol today who’s in danger.