In the wake of the cowardly execution-style of two New York City police officers, questions are being raised if the Big Apple’s Police Commissioner is more concerned with defending the mayor or the officers of the NYPD. As reported by the right-of-center The Daily Caller news portal on Dec. 20, 2014, former NY Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and former NYPD officer and detective Bo Dietl both called for the resignation of Mayor Bill de Blasio while in almost the same breath defended Commissioner Bill Bratton.
While assigned to anti-terrorist watch duty, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed by a member of the Black Guerrilla Family crime gang, Ismaaiyl Brinsley. The criminal organization has been on the NYPD’s radar since earlier this month when the New York Daily News reported that at least ten of their members in the greater New York City area, and have “declared open season on the NYPD.” According to Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the prison spawned militants are currently “preparing to shoot on duty police officers.”
While appearing on the Fox News program “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Kerik and Dietl were queried by hostess Jeanine Pirro their respective opinions of both Hizzoner as well as the Commish. With both opining that the sooner de Blasio stepped down the better, their opinions of Bratton was far different.
“Even with Bill Bratton at the helm?” Pirro asked. “Let Bill Bratton become the mayor. We’d be a lot better off,” Kerik responded. With emotions palpably high, Deitl added, “I’ll vote for Bill Bratton to be the mayor. Get rid of Big Bird. Let Bratton go there. I’ll vote for him tomorrow.”
However, since a Staten Island grand jury ruling that no charges should be levied against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, de Blasio has come under fire for placating demonstrators who have called for the murder of police officers. With Pirro asking if Bratton is more of a Commissioner for the mayor or for the proverbial Boys in Blue, both guests heaped their praises on the Commissioner.
However, the news portal Mediaite.com reported just days ago that Bratton came to the defense of the embattled mayor. When the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Pat Lynch “publicly called out the mayor for throwing the police under the bus” for his “centuries of racism” accusation against the police, it was Bratton who stated the head of the PBA “attacked” de Blasio as well as going “a step too far.” .
Furthermore, the head of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association Ed Mullins referred to de Blasio as a “nincompoop” for using the word “allegedly” to talk about a mob attack on two NYPD lieutenants just a handful of days ago. Again, Bratton made it clear where his loyalties lied when he hammered Mullins for taking a “cheap shot” at the mayor. Not done yet, Bratton also “defended de Blasio’s support of the NYPD and said it’s beyond the pale for any police representative to make such deeply personal attacks.”
Almost two weeks prior, Bratton also took to the microphone to leave little doubt whose backs he had. As reported by the New York Daily News, Bratton appeared on MSNBC “claiming Mayor de Blasio wasn’t attacking the NYPD when he said he’s taught his biracial son Dante to be careful during encounters with the police,” adding “This mayor has been strongly, strongly supportive of the police.”
De Blasio angered more than a few when he “told reporters that he and his wife, Chirlane McCray, who is black, have told their son to be wary of police.” It was then that PBA President Pat Lynch first accused de Blasio of throwing cops “under the bus.”
“Pat is speaking both on his own behalf, his own personal beliefs,” Bratton said. “He has two sons who are New York City police officers.”