New York, NY– Over the last several weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio has not only commissioned large “Black Lives Matter” murals be painted in all five boroughs, he himself has helped paint them on several occasions.
As Mayor de Blasio was busy painting another ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural in the Bronx, four officers including Chief of Department Terence Monahan were brutally attacked. He has yet to speak out condemning the attack, despite being active on social media https://t.co/A2JpeNlxLA pic.twitter.com/kxJp6in6td
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) July 16, 2020
In light of the terrible treatment and backlash police officers are currently facing, Blue Lives Matter founder Joe Imperatrice asked Mayor de Blasio if a “Blue Lives Matter” mural can be painted outside of One Police Plaza, to show our officers they are supported, and not alone.
The Mayors response came today in a press conference with reporters, when asked if he was going to allow the painted message.
“No, everything’s individual and specific,”
He went on to say:
“The original sin of the United States of America, slavery, and all of the effects over 400 years being brought out in the open in a new way and a chance for this country to get it right, to address this problem, to move forward and it’s summarized in the three words ‘Black Lives Matter,’ so this is about something much bigger than any one group, this is about writing a wrong and moving us all forward,”
NYC Mayor De Blasio says Blue Lives Matter can’t paint street mural ”Blue Lives Matter” outside of NYPD headquarters; But Mayor is ok with “Black Lives Matter” Murals Across City. Blue Lives Matter says we’ll see you in court https://t.co/gVCdX6Txnw
— Blue Lives Matter (@RetiredNYCPD) July 23, 2020
Joe Imperatrice did not take kindly to this, and told Advance/SILive.com he intends to file a lawsuit against the city, to force them to allow the painted mural near NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan.
Imperatrice had anticipated a negative response from the mayor, so he had already retained an attorney “just in case”.
When speaking of the lawsuit, Imperatrice said:
“If we didn’t have a leg to stand on we wouldn’t do this, but we’re also not just fighting for the people in uniform, this is going to be something for all different people. If [de Blasio’s] not going to stand up for them all, we will.”
While officers across the county are enduring heinous treatment, with very few public officials trying to stop the madness. This would have been a single token of respect to show everyone that the Mayor was not taking sides, but rather was trying to stand up for a cause.
By denying the “Blue Lives Matter” mural, he has taken a hard stance on the fact that he is bias against officers, and is favoring the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
In a statement to press, de Blasio disagreed obviously:
“I don’t think it’s a political message in the traditional sense, I think it’s a message about human respect and the value of human beings and addressing the fact that one group amongst us, in particular, has been devalued for centuries and that can’t go on, I think that transcends any notion of politics.”
Tatiana Davidoff and Jason Cohen, co-founders of Standing Up For NYC, also asked the Mayor along side Blue Lives Matter to allow them a mural.
Davidoff also commented, saying:
“Once we start painting things on the street, who is there to decide whose life is more important as far as the message goes?”
In another show of favoritism by the mayor, while de Blasio has cut police budgets by one billion dollars, he has the audacity to use police resources and funds, to place 27 officers at the Black Lives Matter mural in front of the Trump building to guard it.
Former NYC Commissioner Says de Blasio Has "27 Police Officers" a Day Guarding BLM Street Mural as Violent Crime Soars https://t.co/WtgJT2WPeF
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) July 20, 2020
It is evident that Mayor de Blasio, like many other Mayors across the country, has turned his back on those who put their lives on the line to protect and serve.
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Here is the original article of Blue Lives Matter asking de Blasio to approve and assist with the mural.
New York City, NY– It is no secret that the Black Lives Matter movement has been in the forefront of the news as of late, shouting cries of injustice and calls for change among police departments everywhere.
Many protests across the nation, both peaceful and violent, have broken out in light of the death of George Floyd. People from all across the country, of all races, joined together to support the Black Lives Matter movement, and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was one of the most outspoken on the issue.
Mayor de Blasio has shown such bias support that he cancelled all gatherings in NYC through September, except of course, for Black Lives Matter Protests.
To show his strong support for the cause, the mayor helped paint a Black Lives Matter mural on the street, in no other place then directly in front of Trump Tower.
— Bonnie Fuller (@BonnieFuller) July 9, 2020
When asked to comment on the mural, he said:
“Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message,”
The NYC mural was vandalized several days after it was created, and the mayor was quick to fix it.
To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try. @NYC_DOT has already fixed it.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 13, 2020
In light of this “commitment to the message,” Standing Up for NYC co-founded by retired New York City Detective Jay Cohen and Tatiana Davidoff and the Blue Lives Matter movement, which was founded by Sgt. Joe Imperatrice, have joined forces and come forward asking for the mayor to join them in painting a Blue Lives Matter mural in front of 1 Police Plaza, NYC.
In a letter dated July 15, the groups addressed de Blasio’s support for painting of a Black Lives Matter “mural” on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.
The letter addresses murders of sworn police officers and the fact that the two organizations wish to raise awareness of those officers, and “honor the lives and memory of public servants whose heroic lives ended to soon.”
They then ask for de Blasio’s support in painting a similar mural with “Blue Lives Matter” on Madison by Pearl Streets in the city adjacent to the headquarters of the New York City police department, One Police Plaza. The letter notes the groups would use their own funds and resources to paint the mural.
As of this writing, de Blasio has not responded to the request. A copy of the letter is below:
Imperatrice is quoted as saying:
“On a daily basis, police officers are verbally and physically abused”
He then added:
“This is absolutely about working together and not a push back.”
This should not be seen as an intent to instigate an already hostile situation, but rather a way to show our men and women in uniform every day that they are not alone despite the current climate.
With the lack of respect and ill treatment police officers are currently facing, it is crucial now more than every to let them know they are appreciated and respected, and what better way to show that than a giant mural in front of a police station.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 16, 2020
I am sure almost every officer can agree that the current animosity between African Americans and Police Officers is something that needs to end. Having Mayor Bill de Blasio join officers in creating a mural for Blue Lives Matter, the way he did for Black Lives Matter, would be a way for the city to show its officers that they are supported, and they are not the enemy.
With a war on cops waged, this will be a way for the Mayor to stand up and show support for the men and women of his city that protect and serve the community. As we can see from the disbanding of unites, which caused a surge in crime, police officers are essential, and always will be!
“This could be a way to come together and do something positive instead of just seeing the violence and the negativity that comes with the counter-protests,”
Stand Up for NYC, while also unabashed supporters of our men and women in blue has a larger mission, that of standing up for the entire community of New York City and restoring it to its former glory.
Their mission statement from their Facebook group says, in part:
“Our group members are concerned citizens from all races, creeds, ethnicities, and cultures with a plethora of different ideologies and political viewpoints. There is no such thing as a perfect Utopian society; while we might not agree on everything, in the end we join forces to make our city great once again. United we stand in strength and solidarity.”
That sounds like a mission all of us as Americans can get behind.
The decision, and true display of where he stands, is now in the hands of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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