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De Blasio's Relationship with NYPD Characterized by Missteps

January 12, 2015  | 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was reportedly booed at a recent NYPD graduation ceremony. (Photo: YouTube screen grab)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was reportedly booed at a recent NYPD graduation ceremony. (Photo: YouTube screen grab)

Not long after Mayor Bill de Blasio sat beside the Rev. Al Sharpton at a July summit meeting on police reform, a political adviser gave the mayor a blunt assessment: You have a problem with the cops.

Rank-and-file officers felt disrespected by the mayor, the adviser explained, and were dismayed to see Mr. Sharpton, a longtime critic of the New York Police Department, embraced at City Hall.

But Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, rejected the notion that officers disliked him. His message, the adviser later recalled, was clear: Everything was under control.

That confidence would last until late last month, when the murders of two officers in Brooklyn prompted the department to adopt a stance of rebellion. Uniformed officers protested against the mayor in public, and low-level arrests virtually stopped. Mr. de Blasio, a liberal who had staked his mayoralty on re-educating the police force, is struggling to secure its basic trust, the New York Times reports.

Comments (5)

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RPG156 @ 1/12/2015 3:19 PM

You can't lie with dogs and wonder why you have fleas. A politician must be a diplomat first. He must know that the city's life blood is blue and he would do well to remember that.

Tom Ret @ 1/12/2015 3:58 PM

de Blasio is the one who needs to be reeducated as to the realities of working the street.

kevCopAz @ 1/12/2015 6:52 PM

typical of megalomaniac lib who "knows better" and "knows" that cops are the source of all evil…what a joke, resign you idiot.

HRPufnstuf @ 1/12/2015 7:37 PM

The mayor has NO respect from the officers in NY, or anywhere else in the U.S. that I can tell. And he certainly deserves none.

Lt Dan @ 1/13/2015 6:25 AM

If he only understood that police authority is out of the executive branch and he is the HMFWBIC of the executive branch in NYC. Still wondering if I'm the only one who realized that de Blasio's asking of protestors to wait until after police funerals to protest was an encouragement to resume the protests. Never trust a Democrat who changed his name.

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