A former governor laid the blame for this weekend's police killings at the feet of two men: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Attorney General Eric Holder.
George Pataki, the 53rd governor of New York, sent out the following tweet after finding out that two NYPD officers had fallen victim to an execution-style ambush on Saturday: “Sickened by these barbaric acts, which sadly are a predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of #ericholder & #mayordeblasio. #NYPD”
After grand juries failed to indict the officers who were involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Holder and de Blasio emerged as the leading political voices of protesters all over the nation who said that police departments needed to be reformed.
The consensus among the protesters seemed to be that cops in America mistreat people of color – a sentiment Holder and de Blasio echoed both in their speeches and by their actions.
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Holder, for his part, refused to accept the grand juries’ decisions to not indict the officers involved in Garner’s and Brown’s deaths. He continued his own investigations into both incidents, pledging justice would ultimately be served. De Blasio, meanwhile, publicly acknowledged to the press that he had told his own son that he needed to be careful around the NYPD because of how they treat young black males.
Once Holder and de Blasio made it clear which side of the fence they were on as far as this issue went, police officers began speaking out against them. This culminated on Saturday in a shocking scene at a New York hospital where a room full of cops turned their backs on the mayor when he walked in.
Pataki has yet to offer any additional statements beyond his initial reaction on Saturday.
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