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De Blasio: No Apology, but Police Have "Valid Issues"

January 15, 2015  | 

Mayor Bill de Blasio at a recent NYPD graduation ceremony. (Photo: YouTube screen grab)
Mayor Bill de Blasio at a recent NYPD graduation ceremony. (Photo: YouTube screen grab)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he won't apologize for past remarks that antagonized some police officers, but he pledged to address "valid issues" raised by cops and he harshly criticized the rhetoric of the most extreme anti-NYPD protesters as "sick."

De Blasio's remarks came as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo met privately at his Manhattan office with police union leaders to try to heal their divisions with de Blasio.

The mayor said he can't take back remarks he made voicing empathy with New Yorkers who were upset when a Staten Island grand jury last month decided not to charge a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.

Union leaders, including Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch, were particularly incensed when de Blasio recalled coaching his biracial son, Dante, to be cautious around cops.

"You can't apologize for your fundamental beliefs," de Blasio said at an unrelated news conference in the Bronx.

But other comments by the mayor Wednesday suggested a deliberate shift in tone. Unprompted, he laced into protesters who direct hateful comments at cops, Newsday reports.

Anti-brutality demonstrations are set to resume Thursday after a lull in the aftermath of the Dec. 20 killings of two police officers. The mayor called out sponsoring groups that have "a long history of, unfortunately, allowing some of their members to say really inappropriate, reprehensible things about our police officers -- things that I think are actually quite sick, anything that suggests violence towards police."

Comments (4)

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Tom Ret @ 1/15/2015 5:23 PM

Using his own words, de Blasio is not suited to be mayor because he can't change his fundamental beliefs.

James @ 1/16/2015 12:27 PM

This is the most useless chunk of human waste the city employs.

kevCopAz @ 1/16/2015 6:38 PM

"no apology, no police"! should be the motto! Hang in there NYPD you got him and the brass on the run. Once he is on the ropes he will have no choice but to either come down hard and dogmatic on you all and look bad or quit to save face, or apologize and start fresh. Your inaction is costing the City millions! The next thing they will do is say they have to cut the Police budget for lack of funds, let them do it and THAT will blow up in his face too. DO NOT give in or you will never have justice and will always be at the whim of this LIB POL who we all know built his career on being anti-cop and thats the real truth.

kevCopAz @ 1/16/2015 6:43 PM

yes he is correct, you can't apologize for your fundamental beliefs…and HIS FUNDAMENTAL beliefs are anti-police and pro liberal left agenda crap. This is probably the only true thing that he has said since becoming Mayor. Don't let the brass turn you around, if they were real cops at heart (including the Commissioner) they would be supporting you and not worried about their cushy jobs ! If they had a true, professional bone in their body they would (brass & Commissioner) publicly support the rank and file and ask the Mayor to step down. But you know that most of the Brass (including the Commissioner at this point- sad to say-) are only looking out for themselves, not the cops and not the public. Hang in there NYPD!

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