NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday condemned his officers for turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio during the funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos, one of the two cops gunned down in their squad car earlier this month.
Officers outside the Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, Queens, could be seen Saturday turning their backs to the Jumbotron screen broadcasting the service as de Blasio spoke.
In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Bratton said he did not back the actions of the police.
“I think it was very inappropriate at that event,” the commissioner said. “That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos, and to bring politics or to bring issues into that event, I think was very inappropriate, and I do not support it. He is the mayor of New York. He was there representing the citizens of New York to express their remorse and their regret at that death. It was inappropriate, and at the same time, it is reflective, unfortunately, of the feelings of some of our officers.”
Caught in the middle of a war of words between the mayor and cops in recent weeks, Bratton insisted de Blasio has been supportive of police, noting that the city has given the NYPD hundreds of millions of dollars that was not budgeted, much of it devoted to improving officer safety.
“This is a mayor that cares very deeply about New York City police officers, cares very deeply about the divide in this city at this time and is working very hard to heal that divide,” Bratton said.
The commissioner conceded that morale in the department is low, but commended police on “showing remarkable professional restraint” during demonstrations directed against them.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared, too, on “Face the Nation,” and also blasted officers for turning their backs on de Blasio.