Former NYPD Commissioner: ‘Fake News’ to Blame for Officer’s Death
Former NYPD Commissioner Howard Safir blamed Michael Brown’s death-by-cop in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 — and the subsequent “fake news” over it — for the slaying of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia earlier this month, reported the New York Post.
“Ever since Ferguson, which turned out to be totally bogus fake news about what Michael Brown did or did not do … there has been an atmosphere in the country where police departments and police officers are attacked constantly,” Safir said during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday.
“The atmosphere was created and continues to be created by the media,” Safir said, asserting that this same climate “is what led people like this perpetrator to literally execute a fine police officer who was out there doing her job.”
Familia, a 48-year-old mother-of-three, was gunned down without a chance to defend herself by cop-hater Alexander Bond.
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“As long as this atmosphere prevails about police being brutal and racist and involved in misconduct, we are going to continue to embolden criminals to go after, not only police, but after citizens,” Safir said.
The well documented case of Brown, 18, who was black, was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., sparking riots there and across the country.
Wilson shot the Brown 12 times while defending himself against a vicious assault. Brown had recently been involved in a strong-armed robbery and Wilson was trying to detain him. New footage released in March seems to show that the teen appeared to be trading drugs for cigarillos — which he was alleged to have stolen during the fateful robbery that led to his death — 11 hours before the robbery.
Somewhat surprisingly, a liberal led federal Department of Justice at the time, ultimately stood behind Wilson’s actions. But they ultimately found that the Ferguson Police Department and local courts still engaged in a “pattern or practice of unlawful conduct” which disproportionately affected African American citizens.
Safir, 75, served as New York City’s police commissioner under then-Mayor Giuliani from 1996-2000.
The former commissioner, speaking on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970, lauded the city’s current commish, James O’Neill, for his “quiet” approach to policing.
“He speaks when he needs to, but he is not out there looking for press,” Safir said. “He is out there looking to keep the city safe. And to his credit, crime continues to go down in New York while the rest of the country is headed towards chaos.”