The cold-blooded, execution-style murders of two New York City police officers over the weekend and the resulting accusations by both police spokesmen and the mayor’s office have kept tensions in the Big Apple at the boiling point.
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot point-blank Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner. Investigators say a crazed gunman with a long police record assassinated the pair to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
As reported by the Daily Caller, two high-profile representatives of police unions were extremely critical of Mayor Bill de Blasio for, in their opinion, condoning, if not encouraging, protests against his own police department in the aftermath of grand jury decisions about officer-involved deaths of black men.
“Mayor de Blasio, the blood of these two officers is clearly on your hands,” said Sergeants Benevolent Association police union president Edward Mullins.
“That blood on their hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor,” said Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
In response to police officers turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio when he entered a news conference following the brutal killing of the two NYC cops, the Mayor’s office fired off a harsh criticism of the officers.
“It’s unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people,” de Blasio spokesman Marti Adams said in a statement following the union leaders’ remarks.
On Fox News, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was highly critical of de Blasio and others who, he said, are exploiting for political gain the dangerous tensions between police and the communities they serve.
“The politicians with this propaganda, separating the community from the police, are doing something that’s shameful. And they have to stop doing that.”
You can watch Giuliani’s forceful defense of the police during his weekend Fox News interview by clicking on the video above.
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