NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While there are many New Yorkers who have supported police officers’ act of defiance against Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton made it clear on Monday that he’s not one of them.
Speaking during a press conference on year-end crime statistics in the city, Bratton was asked his opinion of cops turning their backs on the mayor during the funerals for officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were killed in Brooklyn back on Dec. 20 by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley in apparent retribution for the police-involved killings of unarmed black men in both Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island.
Bratton’s answers were strong indictments against what he termed the “selfishness” of political actions by cops at a time when the city should have been mourning and healing.
“I share the mayors concern about the idea of what is effectively a labor action being taken in the middle of the funeral,” Bratton said. “We are honoring the death of two police officers. I just don’t understand it. I just do not understand it. What is the need in the middle of that ceremony to engage in a political action? I compliment the 20,000-plus who did what you would expect at a funeral. They stood and honored their comrades who had passed. So I think we should focus on those rather than the few who disrespected and took so much attention.
“Looking at the papers and news – the selfishness of that action … the selfishness of it — don’t put on your uniform and go to a funeral and engage in a political action,” the commissioner added.