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article imageNYC police tell De Blasio to stay away from their funerals

By Karen Graham     Dec 14, 2014 in Politics
New York City - New York City's cops don't want Mayor Bill De Blasio coming to their funerals if they die in the line of duty. The Patrolman's Benevolent Association has been distributing fliers that say: "DON'T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE'
The New York City Policeman's Benevolent Association (PBA) wants fellow police officers to go online and sign a petition warning Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from the funerals of cops killed in the line-of-duty. The police union accused the mayor and Council Speaker of "rolling out" anti-cop policies and not supporting the police force.
In distributing the fliers, the PBA encouraged members to download and sign the “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waiver to keep what they are calling "cop-bashing pols" from their funerals, according to the New York Post. The waiver states: “I, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty."
The form goes on to state: “Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.”
The mayor and other top city officials normally attend the funerals of police officers killed in the line of duty, always a very somber occasion. Mayor De Blasio delivered remarks in April at the funeral of Officer Dennis Guerra, killed in a fire at a Brooklyn housing project, set by a teenager.
The mayor and council speaker issued a joint statement saying: “This is deeply disappointing. Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics. The mayor and the speaker both know better than to think this inappropriate stunt represents the views of the majority of police officers and their families.”
PBA president Pat Lynch has been very vocal in denouncing De Blasio and Mark-Viverito for their alleged criticism of the NYPD. Lynch defended officer Daniel Pantaleo, who apparently triggered Eric Garner's death when he was being brought down and arrested. What really has peeved Lynch off was De Blasio's reference to his son, Dante, who is biracial, Lynch claiming that the NYPD was "thrown under the bus."
Lynch was referring to De Blasio's comment about having to "worry over the years," asking himself: “Is Dante safe each night? And not just from some of the painful realities of crime and violence in some of our neighborhoods but safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors.”
The culmination of the recent spate of police killings of unarmed black men and children has created a seething anger across the U.S. and in other countries. Blacks and whites have joined together in mostly peaceful marches from Berkeley, California to Washington D.C., all demanding that something be done to stop the racial profiling and indiscriminate killing of our black citizens.
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