Police turning their backs on the Mayor deBlasio of New York are legitimate counter-protests – Especially at the wakes and funerals of police officers murdered in an environment created by deBlasio — in fact, the same should be done to “President” Obama the next time he shows up for exactly the same reasons
De Blasio, Obama and Sharpton enabled and prodded somebody exactly like Ismaaiyl Brinsley to kill P.O. Liu and P.O. Ramos
Over the weekend Police Commissioner Bratton and even former Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized the cops who turned their backs on Mayor deBlasio at various functions related to the deaths of Police Officers Liu and Ramos (See “Bratton, Giuliani: Cops’ Turning Their Backs on the Mayor Was Wrong” by Patrick Brennan, 12/28/14, National Review/ The Corner [http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/395414/bratton-giuliani-cops-turning-their-backs-mayor-was-wrong-patrick-brennan]). Both men’s remarks were reported in the papers; and both spoke on this, that or the other Sunday Morning national news programs.
AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED — WHAT BRATTON AND GIULIANI SAID ABOUT THE COPS’ TURNING THEIR BACKS ON MAYOR DE BLASIO IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT !
If they really supported the police, both Bratton and Giuliani were wrong to say what they did. It was especially wrong for Bratton, whose words also had the weight of his current office, NYC Police Commissioner, behind them. Bratto’s remarks and sentiments showed that he doesn’t get it — and he really doesn’t have his cops’ backs in this fight against urban terrorists and their facilitators. To a lesser extent neither does Rudy Guiliani, in spite of all his rhetoric to the contrary.
Policemen have a right to counter-demonstrate and counter-speak by all means not specifically prohibited by law. Any police rules to the contrary need to be held to the highest standards of constitutional review before any attempt to enforce them against any police employees, of any category, rank or grade.
Today’s Police Academy taunts at de Blasio were pitch-perfect. Let’s see what Bratton says about them.
BRATTON’S PAST REMARKS
For Bratton’s remarks and appearances, please see the following ( e.g., “Bratton: ‘Very inappropriate’ for cops to turn backs on de Blasio” by Marisa Schultz, 12/28/14, NY Post [http://nypost.com/2014/12/28/bratton-very-inappropriate-for-cops-to-turn-backs-on-de-blasio/], “Police Boss: Less Rhetoric, More Dialogue Needed” by Jonathan Lemire, 12/29/14, Associated Press [http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/amid-tension-20000-attend-nypd-funeral-27859036], and many, many other MSM outlets). If this bean-towner can’t back his guys better than this pack him and his strange accent off to Boston or whatever Down East place he came from.
GIULIANI’S ALMOST AS BAD
On the key point of NYPD officers demonstrating against Mayor deBlasio. Giuliani’s remarks and appearances were almost as bad as Bratton’s. According to the report in Politico: “Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday rebuked police officers who have turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio but urged his Democratic successor to apologize for remarks that infuriated the police amid searing tension among the department and communities of color. *** Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Giuliani said officers should never turn their backs on the mayor, as they did Saturday at the funeral of slain officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot and killed Dec. 20 by an assailant who targeted police. *** ‘The mayor is not in any way to be treated with people turning their backs,’ Giuliani said. ‘It doesn’t matter if you like the mayor or you don’t like the mayor. You have to respect the mayor.’...” (See “Giuliani urges de Blasio to apologize for police remarks” by Kyle Cheney, 12/28/14, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/rudy-giuliani-bill-de-blasio-new-york-police-113829.html]); .
Another thing that Giuliani said is also wrong, but it can be fixed. According to the National Review, “Giuliani criticized some of the more heated anti–de Blasio rhetoric: ‘Has the police union gone overboard? Yes. To suggest that [the mayor] is responsible for the murder [of the two dead NYPD officers],’ as the one union chief did, ‘that’s a terrible thing to suggest about the mayor.’...” However, if it’s true, then it certainly needs to be said.
LOOK AT THE TIME LINE — LOOK AT THE ALLEGED KILLER, ISMAAIYL BRINSLEY — LOOK AT HIS STATED MOTIVE FOR THE KILLINGS
MAYOR DE BLASIO, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND AL SHARPTON WERE KEY ENBLERS OF ISMAAIYL BRINSLEY, THE ALLEGED PERP
What Bratton and Giuliani don’t seem to get is that Mayor de Blasio and President Obama each deputized the likes of Al Sharpton to set a very low bar on anti-police demonstrations. In so doing, de Blasio and Obama became enablers of somebody like Ismaaiyl Brinsley.
According to a report in the NY Post, “Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 3 p.m. [on 12/20/14] when they were shot point-blank in the head by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia, Maryland and Brooklyn....” (See “Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops in Garner ‘revenge’” by Larry Celona, Shawn Cohen, Jamie Schram, Amber Jamieson and Laura Italiano, 12/20/14, NY Post [http://nypost.com/2014/12/20/2-nypd-cops-shot-execution-style-in-brooklyn/]). This report also contained various statements made by the alleged perpetrator that linked the shootings of Liu and Ramos to Brinsley’s expressed desire to attack police in retribution for the Eric Garner and Michael Brown deaths at the hands of police.
What led up to that ? Could it have been the drum beat of some “peaceful demonstrators” shouting, “What do we want ? Dead cops.... When do we want it ? Now.... ” ? For the record, that occurred on December 13th and was widely reported upon on December 14th and 15th.
According to the Daily News account of the events on December 13th, “A group of demonstrators was [ ] videotaped marching through Murray Hill chanting, ‘What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!’...”(See “Two NYPD cops assaulted as Manhattan march over Eric Garner case turns ugly” by Thomas Tracy, Tanisia Morris, Chauncey Alcorn & Rich Shapiro, 12/13-12/14/14, Daily News [http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-marchers-call-daniel-pantaleo-fired-nypd-article-1.2044465]; “Shock Video: NYC Protesters Call for 'Dead Cops' ” [Also seen on Fox & Friends] 12/15/14, Fox News Insider [nsider.foxnews.com/2014/12/15/thats-just-rabble-rousing-dr-alveda-king-calls-out-protesters-who-chanted-dead-cops]; see also “NYC protesters chant for dead cops” posted by Carswell Lightnose [with this notation “Published on Dec 13, 2014 – 12/13/2014 - "Million Marchers" in Murray Hill neighborhood of NYC chant: "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!"] You Tube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4ARsxrZh8]).
Also, on the same night as the “...Dead Cops...” demonstration shown in the video there was an open attack on NYC officers on the Brooklyn Bridge (See the NY Daily News report cited in the paragraph above). Such extreme and violent elements permeated the demonstrations encouraged by de Blasio and Obama, and encouraged by Sharpton. It all culminated in the murders of the police officers in Brooklyn on December 20th.