Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins ripped into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for skipping the vigil held for a slain New York Police Department officer to instead fly to Hamburg, Germany, and participate in G-20 protests.
While de Blasio was off gallivanting in Europe, New York City mourned the death of Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot last Wednesday in her vehicle in the Bronx by a mentally ill ex-convict. De Blasio departed for Germany Thursday night.
“[Police] assassinations are very difficult to stop,” Mullins said on John Catsimatidis’ “Cats Roundtable” radio show on AM 970. “But what we can do to make a difference is kill the atmosphere that has been created across this country and in the City of New York.”
"We have a very anti-police atmosphere," Mullins continued. "We're not seeing any kind of leadership that comes out and explains facts that are out there are not true. The police are not your enemy … The question is: Is [de Blasio] a leader?"
Ironically, while the anti-Trump de Blasio was participating in the G-20 protests in Hamburg, he took the time to praise the German police monitoring the event while the New York City police mourned without their mayor.
"Our right to protest is directly related to the fact that our police protect us," de Blasio said, according to a tweet his press secretary, Eric Phillips, tweeted Saturday. "So help me by joining in applause and thanks for the police."
De Blasio added, "We have a phrase in America we like to use: This is what democracy looks like."
"There have also been great acts of bravery and restraint," de Blasio continued. "Remember, our police are working men and women, too."
The New York City mayor also used his politicized keynote address to lambaste Trump for withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change in June.
Mullins blasted de Blasio's empty praise for law enforcement.
"It seems the mayor hasn't learned anything from the men and women [in blue] who turned their backs on him in the past," he said, according to the New York Post.
Mullins wasn't the only one who blasted de Blasio for his lapse in "leadership" in spurning Familia's vigil.
"It's disgraceful that the mayor is anywhere but at this ceremony right now," vigil attendee Maria Rinaldi told the Post.
"I get where he's at right now," precinct neighbor Caesar Montez told the Post. "But this is your city. You need to be here when a tragedy like this happens."
And Pat Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, told the Post that "no one in uniform is surprised" by de Blasio's show of disrespect to the New York City police officers.
Last Modified: July 10, 2017, 11:32 am