NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The rift between Mayor Bill de Blasio and police union leaders remains after the two sides met privately for more than two hours Tuesday, aiming to mend tensions with rank-and-file officers.
A message about the rift was seen in the skies over the city on New Year’s Eve.
On Wednesday afternoon, a plane over the Hudson River was seen pulling a banner reading, “De Blasio, apologize to the NYPD.” The banner was paid for by a group of retired and current NYPD officers.
The same group used a banner plane last week to send another message, that one reading, “De Blasio, our backs have turned to you.”
Administration officials characterized the meeting on Tuesday as the beginning of a process to heal wounds opened by protests about police conduct and the fatal shootings of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. But union leaders struck a more cautious note.
“There was no resolve,” said Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. “Actions speak louder than words and time will tell.”
No apology was issued from either side, a person who was briefed on the meeting told The Associated Press.