Everyone turning back on de Blasio rhetoric
New York city mayor Bill de Blasio just can’t satisfy anyone.
After making a career of highly critical comments about police in his city, de Blasio is also now taking heat from George Floyd protesters.
At a memorial for Floyd in New York yesterday, the crowd chanted for de Blasio to resign, booed him and told him to go home.
“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was drowned out by booing at a memorial for George Floyd in Brooklyn on Thursday, as the preacher who introduced him pleaded with attendees to show ‘respect,’” says Fox News.
At one point, the protesters even turned their backs on de Blasio.
In 2017, police made a similar protest, turning their backs on the mayor when de Blasio attended a funeral for Miosotis Familia, an NYPD officer who was shot in the head while sitting in her command vehicle.
The suspect in the case posted an 11-minute video denouncing police on his Facebook page.
In 2014, police also turned their backs on the mayor when de Blasio attended the funerals of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, NYPD officers who were assassinated in their cars. Social media posts from the killer indicate it was a revenge killing for the deaths of black men arrested by police.
“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” wrote Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who shot Liu and Ramos. “They Take 1 Of Ours . . . Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”
Police have targeted de Blasio for his anti-police rhetoric that police unions say began with his campaign for mayor.
“There’s blood on many hands tonight,” said Patrick Lynch, president of Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, in 2014. “That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor.”
Lynch continued the criticism this week after one cop was stabbed and two others shot while patrolling to stop looting.
“Mayor de Blasio has apparently learned nothing over the past six years about the extremely damaging impact of anti-police rhetoric on both cops and the communities we serve,” Lynch tweeted.
But as seen by the reaction of the protestors at the Floyd memorial, de Blasio isn’t very popular with the “anti-cop” crowd either.
His rhetoric, instead, has angered cops and the communities they serve.
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