NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton was on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd on Sunday where he defended his officers and their reaction to the recent events in New York City.
“The common ground here is really to, one, as we’ve been doing in New York, is to deal with the demonstrations in a way so that they don’t turn into police riots, to allow some breathing room in the sense that we’re allowing people to demonstrate, to vent, and at the same time, showing, on the part of the police, remarkable restraint in the face of great provocation. My cops have been doing a phenomenal job.”
Instead of venting their anger onto the people of New York City, or, more specifically, the protesters in New York City, the NYPD has turned their ire on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. From their perspective, Mayor de Blasio has sided with the lawless over the men and women who are charged to keep the law — and in the face of the deaths of their comrades, this is a seemingly unforgivable offense.