New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seems to just open his mouth and let words fall out. Whether the sentences they form are factual or honest appear to be of little consequence to him.
He has declared that the anti-police attacks and demonstrations that have been occurring in his city for months are simply a figment of the “right wing’s” imagination.
BLM protesters express their displeasure with the NYPD pic.twitter.com/oItdvjfpF1
— barely informed with elad 🕵🏻♂️ (@elaadeliahu) November 2, 2019
During a radio interview with WNYC last week, de Blasio asserted that the city’s police force is “being respected,” and that officers are “empowered to do their job.”
That’s funny. We seem to have no shortage of articles, all of which details how once again, de Blasio is giving the men and women of the NYPD the shaft.
“How do you spell racist? NYPD” pic.twitter.com/685oKMf7fZ
— barely informed with elad 🕵🏻♂️ (@elaadeliahu) November 2, 2019
“The right wing in this town continues to try and dredge up the notion that people in this city are being negative towards the police,” the mayor scoffed.
De Blasio said that society should accept that “there will always be a few” citizens who clash with police.
“By the way, that’s not new,” he added.
Ah, ok. So, we should allow it to continue, just because it is nothing new?
— Fille De Sankofa (@Gem_FromWA) November 1, 2019
The mayor also side-stepped concerns about this year’s surge of law enforcement suicides within the New York Police Department (NYPD), with 10 of the 196 suicides committed by LEOs this year coming from a single department, the NYPD.
But de Blasio said that it has not become a morale issue.
“No, morale is strong,” de Blasio insisted, according to the New York Post. “It needs to be stronger, unquestionably, but it is strong.”
Straight from @decolonize_this
— rafael (@rafaelshimunov) November 2, 2019
The mayor’s asinine comments came exactly one week after thousands of protesters flooded Brooklyn subway stations in a “mass fare evasion” to protest the “criminalization of poverty.”
Tonight hundreds of people in Brooklyn marched to protest NYPD violence against Black and Brown people in the subway and on the streets. People chanted: “Shut this racist system down!” pic.twitter.com/saGLwmnGib
— nyc law grrrl (@nyclawgrrrl) November 2, 2019
Protesters were seen in videos on social media helping each other to jump turnstiles to reach the platforms in the stations surrounded by people holding signs that said “No cops, no fares,” according to the news outlet.
Protesters jump turnstiles and occupy Hoyt-Shermerhorn subway station in protest of #NYPD and #MTA after 19 yr old Adrian Napier was held at gun point through the subway cart windows as commuters screamed and ran for cover. by police on Franklin Ave station. #BLM pic.twitter.com/ACUc27PsW7
— @SCOOTERCASTER (@ScooterCasterNY) November 2, 2019
There were a few incidences of people, who chose to pay their subway fare, being verbally accosted by protesters for following the law.
Numerous people held up signs that called NYPD “racist” and advocated violence against police.
They scrawled “F–k NYPD” and “NYPD KKK” on the windows and sides of a bus as trapped, terrified passengers looked on.
In case you’re wondering how an arrest in NYC goes down. The guy has made absolutely no indication that he would flee or fight and wasn’t trying to hide.
If you can’t see, the reason everyone moved was because all the police had taken out their guns and aimed at him. pic.twitter.com/dAstrtMntz
— Elad Nehorai (@PopChassid) October 25, 2019
Some of the protesters carried signs that read, “Don’t let these pigs touch us,” and “Punch that cop!”
Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich.
Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community.
New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other. https://t.co/asvidIe5zV
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 2, 2019
We detailed that story and the fact that it was all supported by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
I'm leaving the tweets up because BLM organizers were involved in the event. BLM has a loose structure and this event is part of the broader BLM movement. pic.twitter.com/fsWTNGfXdK
— barely informed with elad 🕵🏻♂️ (@elaadeliahu) November 2, 2019
Just a few days ago, in another story we covered, a group of residents trashed an NYPD patrol SUV while the officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call inside a nearby building.
Residents dumped rotting food, eggs, and boxes filled with trash onto the top of their patrol vehicle.
Cell phone footage showed the officers as they calmly removed the refuse while laughter and mocking surrounds them.
“Trick or treat, motherf–kers!” a man yelled out.
“This is what happens in the hood. Police get trashed,” another witness added as he broke into laughter. “Man, this is crazy – look at that!”
NYPD officers have been repeatedly doused with water, attacked with glass bottles and a chunk of concrete, and had food hurled at them by citizens in series of incidents throughout the summer.
According to local news sources, three officers were injured when someone dropped objects on them from a nearby rooftop, the New York Post reported.
Five officers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries during another August incident, after they attempted to shut down the loud music coming from a 100-person house party, according to the New York Post.
Revelers hurled glass bottles at police, resulting in at least one arrest.
Later the same day, a New York police sergeant and several officers came under attack as they were standing near the Bethesda Fountain during an afternoon concert.
An unidentified suspect hurled a fist-sized chunk of concrete at them, which smashed into a tree approximately three feet away.
None of the officers were injured during that attack.
“We’re the safest big city in America right now,” de Blasio boasted. “Crime has gone down on my watch six years in a row!”
Has crime actually gone down, or are you simply changing the definitions of crime and how you report it? Do you include arrests in your statistics, or only convictions?
While he was still a presidential candidate, de Blasio fielded questions. New Hampshire resident Terrance Geenarain asked the hopeful about his relationship with the NYPD.
“Your relationship with NYPD…has been described as strained, combative, and frosty,” Geenarain said. “How can you assure voters that you’re the right candidate to unite this country when many Americans believe that these types of adversarial relationships are what is dividing us?”
De Blasio thanked Geenarain for his question, then assured him that there are no problems between him and NYPD’s “rank-and-file” officers “and especially not [with] the leadership” of the department.”
Ummm…Mayor? Remember all the cops that you ordered to run your errands, move your daughter out of her apartment and shuttle your son back and forth to Yale? I would say that they just might argue your sentiment.
Do you also recall how you endorsed the closure of Riker’s Island and the release of criminals back on the street, putting all of those “rank and file” officers, that you “get along with,” in greater danger?
In case you missed it… last week, an NYPD officer penned a letter to the mayor that we shared here on Law Enforcement Today. Here are his words:
Dear Mayor de Blasio,
I just wanted to take a minute to say, “ENOUGH!”
You can publicly deny the allegations all you want, but I might just have a bad back from moving your daughter’s furniture out of her apartment and I know which gas stations are at which exits between Manhattan and Yale. So, let me tell you what you can do with your denials.
I went to the academy. I learned a lot of things while I was there.
I qualified on my weapon. I learned how to de-escalate volatile situation. I know the penal code.
I have spent time in multiple units, doing several years in traffic, moving to investigations as a detective. I have time with SWAT. I have been undercover. I have been a patrolman and a sergeant. I have been a supervisor.
And in all those roles, I have read and understood the job description. And nowhere does it state that I am responsible for moving your daughter’s furniture or chauffeuring your son back and forth to New Haven, CT, because he didn’t want to take the train.
Yet, here are some of the things that you deny doing.
About driving your son, you said:
“I never ordered anyone to do anything.”
I beg to differ. None of us volunteered to do it.
The drive from downtown New York City up to New Haven, Connecticut doesn’t take more than a few hours, but it’s a frustrating drive – especially considering the hefty amount of traffic running along I-95. But it’s not the mileage that’s the issue — it’s an abuse of power.
Sources close to the you told Daily News that you absolutely ordered us to drive his son back and forth between the city and Yale University during his first years at the school.
In fact, the Department of Investigation is looking into whether the allegations might be true.
“I think that story is just unfair and inaccurate in so many ways,” you continued.
You think that because your son is, well…your son, that he has a greater potential of becoming a target.
“Dante was a protectee of the NYPD … There have been threats against him. There have been threats against my family,” you also said.
I joined the NYPD to serve and protect the citizens and guests of New York City, not to be your personal assistant.
I am done running your errands.
And just so you don’t think I am simply letting you off the hook for making officers ferry your son to his Ivy League classes, I want to remind you of the fact that you had us come in and move your daughter.
Remember last summer when we were instructed to act as a moving company for your daughter, Chiara? Remember how she had been living in an apartment at 4th Street at 56th in Brooklyn for approximately two years? Remember how the time came to relocate, instead of calling a private company, you called NYPD to do the heavy lifting. You used detectives and department vehicles on city time to move your daughter.
Not only were officers put to work, in a gross abuse of city resources, but two unmarked Sprinter vans that belong at City Hall were used to collect her personal possessions and transport them to Gracie Mansion? And do you also recall how your wife and First Lady, Chirlane McCray, personally directed our crew?
Breaking news, Your Honor. We don’t work for Chirlane.
Oh, by the way, she instructed us to leave a number of Chiara’s belongings abandoned on the city sidewalk. Dumping and littering is a chronic problem in this city.
A supervisor once told me that we cannot question you.
“It’s all just part of the job. We just do it out of respect.”
And by the way, that $400 bullet-proof vest you borrowed back on 2016 for the comedy sketch you did with the cast of The Wire, we are still waiting to get that back. That is a vest we could put on a cop working the streets.
You do not care about members of law enforcement. And now, your actions (or lack thereof) are becoming a danger to the police.
Perhaps you missed it when former NYPD police chief Louis Anemone was interviewed by Fox, but he criticized you for your treatment of those who hold the thin blue line. For your benefit, here is what he said:
“He does not have their back. I firmly believe that he does not have their back.”
He also said the recent blatant disrespect for New York officers regarding the water bucket assaults would have never happened under the watch of former mayor Rudy Giuliani. He not only had a pulse on the city, he also had our backs.
“It’s disgraceful,” Anemone continued. “He’s the chief executive of this city of New York, the largest city in this country. He has not taken the lead for security, for public security, and for supporting the police. He’s been behind, way behind.”
Mr. Mayor, your actions and attitude toward this police force have bred contempt and hostility in the streets. You are partly to blame for the water assaults.
Yet, we will do what wey need to do in order to maintain control, regardless of what the public will say afterward.
I wish this was all we had on you; but let me continue.
I want to personally thank you for repeatedly warning your son about the “dangers of police brutality.”
“I have had to have very, very serious talks with my son, Dante, about how to protect himself on the streets of our city and all over our country, including how to deal with the fact that he has to take special caution because there have been too many tragedies between our young men and our police.”
Those were your words Mayor.
Even with your belief that we all have a proclivity for violence aimed at innocent young men of color, you still put him in the car with us for the numerous drives to and from New Haven. That leads me to ask: do you even care what happens to your son?
And let’s not forget, you skipped out on a dedication for fallen heroes so that you could go to the gym and drink your morning coffee.
Then you he missed Luis Alvarez’s wake, a 9/11 hero, in order to focus on your joke of a Presidential campaign.
Just so you don’t think I am alone in that belief, one of your administrative staffers said,
“It’s a joke. I think that he knows that he can’t win. It’s just a lot of eye-rolling … He’s doing it because he’s got a big ego and needs to prove something, and I don’t think he’s going to quietly go away and become an adjunct professor at Hunter.”
I will continue to serve and protect, because I love this city and I love what I do.
But you, I have no respect for you. But if you need me to do something for you and your family, that is actually within my job description, then I will be there.
A former ‘personal assistant’ to Mayor Bill de Blasio