NYPD Officers Turn Their Back to De Blasio During Murdered Police Officer’s Funeral

NYPD Officers Turn Their Back to De Blasio During Murdered Police Officer’s Funeral

The relationship between the New York Police Department and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has not been a good one for quite some time. With the advent of Black Lives Matter, de Blasio sided with the anti-police protesters, even as officers were being attacked and those protesters called for violence against police. And after another officer was brutally murdered, NYPD officers were not shy about showing their displeasure once again.

Officer Miosotis Familia was targeted and killed as she sat in her police car last week. While most of the country was shocked and horrified, de Blasio seemingly was not bothered — he left the city the very next day, not on urgent business, but so that he could attend the G20 protests in Hamburg, Germany.

Familia was a mother of three and thousands of people showed up to honor her memory at her funeral, held at the World Changers Church in the Bronx. This includes countless NYPD officers, who were outside watching the funeral broadcast on TV screens. Also present was de Blasio, who gave a eulogy — but the officers were not impressed. They turned their backs on him again.

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Others ignored him entirely, talking with other officers or playing on their phones. It was a familiar scene, reminiscent of the funerals for Officers Ramos and Liu, also targeted and murdered for being NYPD officers.

Officers have long been angry by de Blasio’s anti-police remarks and his tendency to side with Black Lives Matter over police, even as the protesters called for violence. A notable comment from de Blasio, for example, regarded how he said he needed to “train” his son on how to interact with police. “With Dante, very early on, we said, ‘Look, if a police officer stops you, do everything he tells you to do. Don’t move suddenly. Don’t reach for your cellphone,'” he said. “Because we knew, sadly, there’s a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color.” That was in 2014, but according to NYPD union chief Ed Mullins, the animosity is still there.

“I talked with hundreds of cops today and they have about had it with the mayor and the police commissioner and their policies. They don’t feel that either one of them has their backs. It’s very hypocritical,” Mullins said. Yet de Blasio’s office denies that any of the anger and animosity exists, calling it a “bogus controversy” from a handful of cops. “A couple dozen people showed up to partake in a bogus controversy ginned up by the media and those looking to politicize Detective Familia’s death. That’s unfortunate,” a spokesman for de Blasio said.

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