Tensions have been high between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD officers for weeks, but the hostility finally reached a boiling point on Saturday evening after two cops were gunned down in an execution-style ambush.
As DeBlasio entered the hospital to speak to the families of the officers who had been shot, a room full of officers literally turned their backs on him. The incident was caught on a cell phone camera, according to New York's PIX11, and quickly went viral.
Social media posts made by the suspected gunman from Saturday’s shooting indicated that he was targeting NYPD officers as revenge for the police-related deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. De Blasio has openly criticized his city’s police force over their treatment of young black men throughout the past few weeks, even indicating that he warned his own son that he may be mistreated by local police.
De Blasio’s comments regarding how the police department needed to change its policies when it comes to the way people of color are treated were met with anonymous criticism from cops, but that was as far as it went. Saturday marked the first time any NYPD officers publicly undermined the authority of their city’s mayor.
Barring a gesture of some sort by de Blasio that shows the NYPD he is on their side, it is difficult to envision a scenario where the relationship between the mayor’s office and his own police force improves any time soon.
Source: New York's PIX11 / Photo Credit: Screenshot