NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio got a chilly reception from NYPD officers at Woodhull Hospital Saturday after two officers were shot to death in Brooklyn.
In video obtained by CBS News (seen in the video player above), police officers can be seen silent, with their backs turned to the mayor as he walks by.READ MORE: $432M Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold At Manhattan Pizza Shop
Following the shooting of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Bedford-Stuyvesant Saturday afternoon, police union officials blasted the mayor, saying the blood of the two officers were on his hands.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and de Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the grand jury’s decision not to indict an officer in the death of Eric Garner.
Demonstrators around the country have staged die-ins and other protests since the ruling, a decision that closely followed a Missouri grand jury’s refusal to indict an officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
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The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had posted “anti-police” content to Instagram before shooting the two officers, saying, “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.” He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.
The mayor’s office later issued a statement responding to the PBA, saying, “It’s unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people. Mayor de Blasio understands this is the time when we must come together to support the families and friends of those brave officers New York City lost tonight – and the entire NYPD community.”
Just days before the shooting in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Lynch suggested NYPD officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.
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