Bill De Blasio Blasts NYC Police Union: ‘They Foment Hatred’
New York City Mayor attacks Sergeants Benevolent Association
Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio accused the Sergeants Benevolent Association of fomenting hatred during his daily press conference on Thursday.
The New York City Mayor was asked:
“The March across the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday ended up also being joined by the Sergeants Benevolent Association and Blue Lives Matter. Can you comment about that, noting your history, particularly with the SBA?”
De Blasio responded:
“Look, I don’t know everything about the march. My understanding is that was started by community people who are concerned to make sure their community is safe, and I respect that greatly."
“And that’s what I talked about in the opening today, we have to keep communities safe, get community and police work in together and address the need to constantly reform the NYPD," he added.
"We can do all of that at once. But the SBA has only practiced division; they foment hatred; they don’t try and help us move forward," de Blasio said.
"I have been fighting with them for years, and they have been fighting with our police leadership for years."
"They attacked Jimmy O’Neill viciously. They’ve attacked Dermot Shea," he continued.
"They don’t try to create anything good. They only try and tear down, which is why I have no respect for the leadership of the SBA.”
After shooter tried to assassinate cops in New york earlier this year, the SBA declared war on de Blasio:
The union tweeted:
“Mayor [de Blasio], the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals."
"You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you," the union added.
"NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over. Game on!”
Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on! https://t.co/XyruPraM9T— SBA (@SBANYPD) February 9, 2020
SBA president Ed Mullins reacted to the Mayor's remarks on Thursday, saying:
“This is the first time since he’s been in office that he’s told the truth. The City knows he hates cops and accountability; thank him for finally being honest,” according to the New York Post.
Meanwhile, Patrick J. Lynch, the President of the New York City Police Benevolent Association blasted de Blasio for the surge in violent gun crime, saying he had "given our streets back" to criminals.
"Our city council, our mayor's office, and the state legislature have handcuffed police officers and given the street back to the criminals," Lynch told Fox News's Lawrence Jones on "Hannity."
"Remember just a few short years ago; the city was out of control," Lynch said.
"Police officers literally took our street corners back block-by-block because our leadership asked us to, and we presented the neighborhoods back to the good, hardworking people that were in them."
In June, De Blasio announced cuts from the $6 billion police budget as the city faced a surge in violence.
One victim of the city's soaring gun crime was an 11-year-old boy who was shot while playing outside of his home in Flatbush.
Earlier this month, a father was shot dead in front of his 6-year-old daughter.
Most tragically, a one-year-old baby was shot in the stomach during a cookout at a Brooklyn area park in July as de Blasio's New York comes under increasing scrutiny for the violent crime surge.