What does the police bunker mentality look like when it gets in full swing?
It looks like this: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the memorial service for NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, one of the two officers who were brutally executed in New York before Christmas, and expressed his condolences to the family.
So what do the police do? They turn their backs on him.
According to Mediaite, much of his speech was about Ramos; what kind of person he was, that he was a religious man, a family man, and that Ramos and all officers like him who take up the mantle of police officer “are a special breed.”
After directing his remarks at Ramos, de Blasio appeared to extend an olive branch to the NYPD, saying that he “extend[s] my condolences to another family — the family of the NYPD — that is hurting so deeply right now.”
Quite a few officers outside during the memorial service, however, were unhappy with de Blasio: so they turned their backs to him.
According to one of the officers, Sgt. Myron Joseph of the New Rochelle Police Department, he and his fellows turned their backs spontaneously as a way to show “support our brothers in the NYPD.” The NYPD, meanwhile, said through its public relations officer that it had no comment.
This is the second time the NYPD has turned their backs on de Blasio; the first time was the night after Ramos and Liu, the other officer, were shot. Officers gathered at the hospital where the two men had been taken and turned their backs to de Blasio when he arrived.
The NYPD may think they’re sending a statement of solidarity, and perhaps they are. But what they’re telling me is that it’s simply unconscionable to demand that the police behave better than the criminals they arrest, and they’re willing to use a funeral to make that statement. That’s pathetic and sad, and I really wish it weren’t that way. The job they do is too important to society.