"It's no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too."
Patrick Lynch has a lot of venom for "arm-chair judges."
Police unions further the-all-too-accurate conception that the police are an occupying force in poor communities of color, and are antithetical in principle and action to the progressive principles of the labor movement.
"He grandstands. He's all bark and no bite. He goes out there and screams and yells. He'll get the media. He puts on a good
Patrick Lynch, who has been the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for 16 years, now faces a challenge from
Brian Fusco, 47, a PBA trustee representing cops in south Brooklyn, said Tuesday that he’s running for president as part
New York voters of all races also disapprove of comments by police union leaders who said de Blasio had "blood on his hands
The right of free speech the NYPD are angry about when it comes to the demonstrators is precisely the same right of free speech they're using to harass de Blasio. And it's that same ideal of free speech, no matter how noxious it might seem, for which those police in Paris died last week.
In a democracy, the people choose their leaders, and those leaders write laws and set policies. Right now in New York City, unelected, unaccountable individuals are making those policies and ignoring the authority of those whom we, the people, elected.
Mayor de Blasio never ran for Mayor of the City on an "anti-police" platform; once elected, Mayor de Blasio has never thrown police officers under the bus; and Mayor de Blasio most certainly does not have blood of the fallen officers on his hands.
The news media has been hard at work tracking down the handful of protesters and others who did or even wrote something violent in order to stereotype the entire Black Lives Matter movement as violent. And when there isn't something, the news media has resorted to doctoring footage.
In New York City, since protests began over the treatment of African-Americans caught up in the criminal justice system, the police union there has done everything possible to inflame tensions and undermine civil authority.
Going into his second year this remains the greatest challenge for the mayor -- to make sure that New Yorkers know he is more focused on running the city as he is on fulfilling his progressive agenda. It's not an either-or scenario, he can do both.
The recent ambush and killing of two NYC police officers is heartbreaking and wrong on every level. Violence is never the right path. Let me repeat that -- violence is never the right path.