Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association

On the night the Eric Garner decision was announced, Mayor Bill de Blasio repeated a mantra of the protest movement, “black lives matter,” and said he warned his biracial son about interacting with police.

That pissed the NYPD and the police unions off.

Edward Mullins, the president of the Sergeants’ Benevolent Association

Edward Mullins, president of the Sergeants’ Benevolent Association, called the mayor’s statement, “moronic;” and then Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, blamed de Blasio for creating an atmosphere that led a mentally unstable 28-year-old man to murder two NYPD officers in December.

As a consequence of the union bosses’ positions, hundreds of police officers three times have turned their backs on the mayor publicly– two of those times being at the funerals of the slain officers– and the rift between the mayor and police has been growing ever since.

Most recently, on Monday, Mullins said he wanted “some type of apology” from de Blasio, in the wake of the widening divide. Even some top officials for the mayor are asking him to contrite.

But the mayor said Wednesday afternoon, he would not apologize to the union leaders. What was in the past, has passed, and he wants to focus on healing and moving forward, the New York Observer reports.

However, during a Wednesday, closed-door meeting between the police commissioner and the leaders of the city’s five police unions, tensions flared again and nothing was resolved. Lynch dismissed any presence of a work slow down from his officers and continued to lay blame at the feet of the mayor:

“Our members are doing their job,” Lynch said in a statement endorsed by the other four police union leaders. “The other solutions will come from the leaders here. We wish there was a leader in City Hall.”

Do you feel the police unions are being unreasonable and the mayor should stick to his guns and not concede? Or do you think, as Mayor of New York City, de Blasio should be the bigger person, apologize and takes steps to bridge the divide?

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  1. Absolutely not. The police unions should be apologizing to the Mayor and the people of the City of New York. If police members think or believe that union leaders sign their pay checks, the need a wake up call. (I’m an advocate of union and the roles they’ve played in protecting workers rights and increasing their financial and other benefits). Police members are public servants, and, we must assume took a job knowing it’s inherent dangers and responsibilities (I didn’t take one knowing it would require something I was unwilling to do, like hold a gun and maybe arrest or be confrontational on a regular basis). So, let’s be clear about who police force members are suppose to be: public servants sworn to protect and serve.
    Unfortunately, and for far too long, they and others in this city and country have gotten away from their primary and principal responsibility to what they receive a paycheck to do. If they can’t protect and serve ALL the citizens who contribute to their salaries, they need to find other employment and the Mayor should facilitate this move for them.
    There is so much more on this topic that needs to be discussed, but perhaps, we can start with a 75 year old woman being raped a few days ago around the Fort Greene housing complex. Maybe, if a work slowdown was not occurring, her cries would have been heard and a police member could have responded earlier.

  2. Absolutely not, You never see the union leader need to Apologize to the family that was kill by police . Mayor please stand your ground. Just say how you feel .

  3. No. The mayor has done nothing wrong by speaking up for the people of NYC who elected him. He should not be bullied by the NYPD to cower to their unjustified behavior and demands.

  4. Christine says No. The major did not incite any actions against the cops and if they are not following the law it should be pointed out. Pat Lynch sees things his way not reprimanding the bad apples.

    1. No the mayor should not apologize .. Apparently Pat Lynch does not not know what it is to have a biracial son living in this great United states

  5. No. DiBlasio has nothing to apologize for. The death of people, primarily black people, at the hands of police is a tragedy. So is the death of the police at the hands of a young man. The police are clearly responsible for the former. DiBlasio has no responsibility for the latter.

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