NYPD cops are so angry with Mayor Bill de Blasio over the death of Eric Garner, who was the victim of a brutal chokehold attack at the hands of police officers, that they are threatening to work “strictly by the book” even if it places lives at risk. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, but that has not stopped police from playing the role of ‘victim’ in all this.
On Tuesday the head of the city sergeants union publicly urged police to follow the rulebook to the letter, even if it prevents them from saving lives or protecting people.
“Going forward, for members of the NYPD, we want you to do your job and follow the rule book the way it’s written,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said in a news conference. “If there’s a delay getting to the next place, so be it.”
“When a police officer responds to a scene, he should complete the job there before moving on to the next job,” he added. “Let’s say he gets called to a burglary, then he should follow the job to its completion before responding to the second job. And if the second job is more serious, the officer might not respond there immediately, depending on what’s happening in the first job he responded to.”
At the same conference, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch claimed, despite video evidence, that no chokehold was used. “The document from the Medical Examiner’s Office, that is a political document not backed up by the scientific report,” Pat Lynch said. “This was not a chokehold. We will get medical examiners to go over this autopsy when it is finally released.”
He added that Garner “was a large man who was resisting arrest, he had to be brought to the ground the way we’re trained,” once again in spite of evidence.
Lynch expressed anger that the Mayor does not have cops’ backs even in light of the disgusting actions on the part of the NYPD. “I think the mayor needs to support New York City’s police officers — unequivocally say it, and unequivocally say resisting arrest hurts everyone, police officers and citizens alike, and will not be tolerated,” Lynch said.
He then lit into Rev. Al Sharpton, who he called one of the “race baiters . . . whose business is to stir up the street, not make the street safe.”
Since the attack, both the man who filmed Garner’s death at the hands of police and his wife have been arrested on unrelated charges. Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the incident was arrested on weapons charges and his wife, Chrissy Ortiz, was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly pummeling a woman who made a snide remark about Garner’s death.