Mayor de Blasio’s actions left the NYPD justified in publicly renouncing him.
Google defines “Respect” as “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”
Nowhere in the definition of respect is a requirement to revere, or honor someone simply by virtue of their position of power. We have been told our entire lives that we should “respect the office,” if not the person holding it, but the two are inextricably linked. There can be no respect for one without respect for the other. The man holding the position is the position. So to demand that reverence, or esteem be shown to someone simply because they are in a position of power is not only ridiculous, but possibly dangerous. Asking one to respect someone who doesn’t deserve it creates an environment in which the truth is stifled for the sake of invented social propriety. Respect is earned, not free.
I saw a post on Facebook yesterday in which someone accused NYPD officers of behaving disrespectfully toward Mayor Bill de Blasio. This alleged disrespect occurred when several hundred officers turned their backs on de Blasio at the funeral for Rafael Ramos, one of two officers executed by anti-cop psychopath Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Brinsley, who was already unstable, was ginned up by the furious anti-cop sentiment that has been fostered by people like the Mayor of New York City.
Over the last several months, two incidents occurred which have given rise to continual, large-scale protests. These protests have blanketed the streets of New York City, as well as numerous other cities across the United States. The incidents which gave rise to these protests were the exonerations of officers Darren Wilson, and Daniel Pantaleo. Many–specifically the protestors—believe strongly that both officers should have been indicted in the deaths of Michael Brown, and Eric Garner—two black men who died during altercations with the officers. As I’ve detailed previously here and here, in my view, the exonerations were legitimate. Additionally, there is less than zero evidence that either of these officers acted on racial motivations. Regardless, those protesting have it in their minds that Michael Brown, and Eric Garner were victims of racists cops, who are merely part of a much larger racist machine: the justice system.
As I mentioned, there is no evidence whatsoever that race motivated Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo, which means that these protests are based entirely upon a false premise. These falsely formulated protests have created an anti-cop atmosphere, and Bill de Blasio has done little to assuage the anger of these people. This atmosphere is directly linked to the executions of officers Ramos, and Liu; it inspired Brinsley’s attack. Had it not been cultivated, they would still be alive.
However, even New York City police commissioner William Bratton called the move by the officers “inappropriate”:
“That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos, and to bring politics, 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.”
But Bill de Blasio has not only subtly insulted the NYPD on multiple occasions; he has also behaved in a manner unbefitting a Mayor. In early December, during an interview with George Stephanopoulis of ABC, de Blasio said:
“It’s different for a white child. That’s just the reality in this country…And with Dante, very early on with my son, 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 cell phone,’ because we knew, sadly, there’s a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color.”
Last year, during a campaign commercial, de Blasio once again insulted the NYPD in an effort to win votes:
“There are hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have never experienced stop and frisk…Chirlane and I have talked to Dante many times about the fact that some day, he will be stopped. Parents all over the city are having that conversation with their kids.”
“He will be stopped.” In just four words, de Blasio painted every single NYPD officer with the same brush. Every NYPD officer is a racist who will one day stop you simply because you are black. That is the implication of those four little words.
Bill de Blasio has taken multiple opportunities for honest discussion, and unnecessarily turned them into racism PSAs. He is an integral piece of a machine that is promoting these asinine protests. Lastly, if there was any respect left to be had for this Mayor, it went out the window when he arrived two hours late to officer Ramos’ funeral. According to Warner Todd Huston of Breitbart:
“On Friday evening, thousands of New Yorkers attended a memorial service for Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers assassinated a week ago by an Eric Garner protester. The service brought mourners from every corner of the city. Noticeably late was embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made it to the service only just before its conclusion.”
And lest you immediately jump to blame some extenuating circumstance for what hampered de Blasio, other very prominent figures were in attendance, and—gasp—on time for the funeral of a good man who was assassinated by a psychopath. More from Huston:
“Among those in attendance were New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; state attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman; Congressman Peter King; and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan. Noticeably late was New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.”
Bill de Blasio has not said a thing regarding the falsity of the protests. He has simply supported the stupidity, lauding their peaceful nature. More on that. Following the exoneration of Daniel Pantaleo, de Blasio gave a speech outside a church on Staten Island in which he once again gave credence to the protests.
“That’s the reality and it conforms to something bigger that you’ve heard come out in the protests in Ferguson and all over the country: This is now a national moment of grief, a national moment of pain and searching for a solution.“
He has further legitimized the protests by noting—after the recent shooting of Akai Gurley—that that particular shooting was just an accident, and should not be connected to the deaths that have given rise to the protests. In essence, he is telling the people of New York City that the altercations between Officers Wilson and Pantaleo, and Brown and Garner were, in fact, something sinister.
Lastly, after some protesters were caught on video chanting “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” and in a separate incident also caught on video, several NYPD officers were assaulted by an angry mob, Mayor de Blasio called it “an incident…in which a small group of protesters allegedly assaulted some members of the NYPD,” according to the New York Post. Allegedly. It was in video. Mayor de Blasio is so concerned with protecting these asinine protests that he dismissively called a videotaped assault “alleged,” and continues to praise the peacefulness of the protestors, even in the face of increasing violence.
So, I return to the original question: are the NYPD officers who turned their backs on de Blasio behaving inappropriately, or disrespectfully? Absolutely not. Their fellow men in blue were murdered, and their Mayor is not only helping to cultivate the atmosphere that lead to these murders, he is continuously slamming the police as a body. As if there needed to be a final nail in the coffin, he was the one behaving inappropriately, and acting disrespectfully by showing up two hours late.
The NYPD have every right to make this political, as the commissioner said, because it is political, and de Blasio’s behavior is a disgrace. Bill de Blasio is a joke, and fully deserves their disrespect.