The actions of those individuals, should they be held accountable in court, are abhorrent. None who serve on the front lines of justice deserve such treatment. But the reaction of Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch to de Blasio’s remarks that the attack was “alleged” was completely uncalled for.
In case you missed it, Lynch called on cops to ban the mayor, along with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, from attending the funerals of police officers killed in the line a duty, a longstanding function of our officials in the highest levels of government.
When cops are called into question for their on-duty actions, police unions are quick to rally around them in support, and they ensure that members of the force are given the “due-est” of processes.
So when the mayor tries to do the same for the citizens that cops are sworn to serve and protect, unions need to allow for the due process of the law they’re sworn to uphold to play out in court where it belongs.
Cops may feel that the mayor is kowtowing to activist demands and putting too much of the blame for strained community relations on the NYPD, and publicly that seems to be the case.
But even as a grand jury was making its decision not to prosecute one of their own, it was reported this week that the mayor was quietly pushing through legislation to eradicate illegal cigarettes from the city, a move to support city cops.
Again, we cannot stand for citizens attacking our city’s service men and women for any reason, but it is up for the court of law, not the court of public opinion to dole out appropriate consequences to those individuals.
By saying the attack was “alleged,” the mayor supported due process and cops should applaud – or at the very least disregard - that move rather than issuing condemnation.