NYC cops preemptively uninvite de Blasio to their funerals

posted at 7:01 pm on December 13, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

The situation between New York City police and the Mayor’s office has clearly reached a critical point. While they have disagreed on several things in the recent past, there always seemed to be some level of cooperation remaining, or at least the willingness to maintain a public patina of such when the cameras were turned on. But after Bill de Blasio’s response in the wake of Eric Garner’s death, it seems that city’s finest have had enough. A police union in the Big Apple has asked their members to sign a waiver stating their wishes that Hizonor refrain from attending their funeral if they pay the ultimate cost in the line of duty.

“I, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty,” the waiver states.

“Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.”

Officers can download the form on the PBA’s Web site and drop off a signed copy to their PBA delegates.

The mayor traditionally attends funerals for fallen officers.

“This is deeply disappointing,” the mayor and the council speaker said in a joint statement.
“Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics.

It’s interesting that the Mayor’s office would choose to refer to this action as incendiary rhetoric while refusing to even address the concerns of the officers and their leadership after he essentially threw them under the bus. Yes, we all know that the Mayor’s wife is black, but standing in front of that many cops and saying that he warns his own son to be careful around them lest he be killed was clearly one step too far across the Rubicon.

Rick Moran caught this story before I did and shares his thoughts.

Ordinarily, the advice given by de Blasio to his son is sound, although then was not the time to say it and the way he said it implied he was in danger. Most of these recent police shootings are the direct result of people not doing what the police are telling them to do. Trying to be a hard ass and resist the police is extraordinarily dangerous. When encountering the cops, no matter what the circumstances and even if you think the police are in the wrong, cooperation with their wishes is not only smart, it’s the law.

That’s the message that black parents should be giving their children. When stopped by an officer, do as you’re told, don’t mouth off or talk back, and if taken into custody, don’t resist. If you know it’s a mistake, keep your mouth shut until you get legal representation. These simple rules are a no brainer when dealing with the police and are virtually guaranteed to prevent the kinds of tragedies that have occurred in recent weeks.

Even beyond the concerns that Rick raises, this is far more than a case of dysfunctional politics in New York City… something so unremarkable that it would never be worth a headline. What we’re witnessing here is, yet again, the breakdown of civil society and the weakening of the line between order and mayhem. As long as protesters were out there having their voices heard and the city presented a sympathetic, yet unified front which was willing to engage with them in a positive conversation, things could move ahead over this tricky terrain. But the Mayor has sent the message that he is not on the side of the police and sides with their accusers. He has let them know that the executive offices which are charged with leading law enforcement do not stand with the officers on the street and that they view them as the problem rather than the criminals. This will do nothing but embolden responses on the streets where the police already take their lives in their hands by the simple act of suiting up and heading out each day to do their jobs and protect the citizens.

At some point it will not be worth the time of the cops to keep showing up in the highest crime areas. And when they stop, let’s see how much everyone enjoys that civil society with nobody around to enforce the laws.


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Taxpayers pay for their salaries…

I love how De Blasio has turned the cops, the land over, against the D-rats. Good job, you oaf of NYC.

Those of you who voted for him, congratulations!

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

When encountering the cops, no matter what the circumstances and even if you think the police are in the wrong, cooperation with their wishes is not only smart, it’s the law.

That’s the message that black parents should be giving their children

Same message that white parents or Asian parents or green with purple polka dots parents should be giving.

And definitely do not punch them or go for their gun.

rbj on December 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Next thing you know, Jews won’t invite Nazis to Jewish funerals.

VorDaj on December 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

What did de Blasio do to deserve this kind of cold shoulder treatment?

Was it the knife in the back or the spittle in the face or the combination?

VorDaj on December 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

And yet, when the Republicans were thinking about not inviting Obama to give the SOTU address at the Capitol….

PersonFromPorlock on December 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

At some point it will not be worth the time of the cops to keep showing up in the highest crime areas. And when they stop, let’s see how much everyone enjoys that civil society with nobody around to enforce the laws.

Yup.

whatcat on December 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

The NYC police should have offered de Blasio a quid pro quo: “You don’t come to our funerals, and we won’t respond to your calls.”

de rigueur on December 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

de Blassio deserves every bit of it.

John the Libertarian on December 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Wow. That didn’t take long…the dud’s only been in office since Jan 2014…

Bravo, NYPD! Bravo!

Newtie and the Beauty on December 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Time for them to leave those areas now

They don’t need this crapola from them….let them suffer the consequences

cmsinaz on December 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

And yet, when the Republicans were thinking about not inviting Obama to give the SOTU address at the Capitol….

PersonFromPorlock on December 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

You would have to bring that up. Now, after the way Obama pulled Boehner’s fat out of the fire by rounding up Democrat votes for crummybus, Boehner’s going to lead the Republicans in a 30-minute standing ovation when he enters the room.

The image of Boehner sitting right behind the bloviator-in-chief whose every demand and executive whim the Speaker just paid for is going to be too much.

de rigueur on December 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Idiot mayor must not realize you don’t piss off the NYPD

His days are numbered…

Redford on December 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

That’s almost as bad as not inviting Obama to congress to give the state of the union.

It’d be like Boehner’s taking a stand of… aww who am I kidding… Boehner can’t wait to lick his boots.

Skywise on December 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

—k –o, DeBlasio, you cretin, with your “this rhetoric only divides the city” crap.

YOU, AND YOU ILK are what has driven your city and this nation into breathtaking levels of divisiveness. It is YOU and yours who eat, drink, and breath the segmenting of society into “us and “them”, into Group A, Group B, Group C….. all then set against each other in a ceaseless zero-sum struggle for spoils, of capital both moral and tangible. YOU, sir, have been leading this horror-show for decades as you heap praise on the likes of Fidel Castro, and it is truly one of God’s great mysteries that the same people who not only elected Rudy Giuliani but then rightly praised him to the skies as one of the great mayors of US history, have now put you where you are for reason beyond fathoming.

“This rhetoric only divides the city”……… You punk a–b—-.

You have no idea how hard it is to see clearly enough to write this, given that I have put my fist through the monitor.

Andrew X on December 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Idiot mayor must not realize you don’t piss off the NYPD

His days are numbered…

Redford on December 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Not placing heavy odds on Feinstein vs. the CIA, either.

de rigueur on December 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Hey New Yorkers you voted for him now embrace the suck.Three years is going to be a loooong time with this friggen clown.

jeffinsjvca on December 13, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I wonder if deblasio went to puxatawney phils’ funeral?

elvis lives on December 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

and BTW —

“But the Mayor (democratic Party) has sent the message that he(they) is not on the side of the police(Intelligence agencies) and sides with their accusers. He(they) has let them know that the executive offices which are charged with leading law enforcement(defending us all) do not stand with the officers on the street(agents in the field) and that they view them as the problem rather than the criminals.”

Well, golleeee gee! Someone keeps telling me that there is some sort of pattern here, but I’ll be hornswoggled if I can see it….

Andrew X on December 13, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Eric Holder to prosecute NYC cops for this new hate crime in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

Wait a minute — de Commio is purportedly a white dude, right? Never-mind!

ShainS on December 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Whatever. They voted for him.

Pork-Chop on December 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

…time for a …’Beer Summit’…?

JugEarsButtHurt on December 13, 2014 at 7:33 PM

You New Yorker’s voted for the SOB, so suck it up!

Be funny as hell if Hiz Honor woke up some morning and found NO policeman posted at his front door.

GarandFan on December 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I wonder if deblasio went to puxatawney phils’ funeral?

elvis lives on December 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

…only Elisabeth Warren would show up for that!

JugEarsButtHurt on December 13, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Way to go NYPD!

gophergirl on December 13, 2014 at 7:38 PM

embrace the suck, indeed.

i never underestimate the Left and its minions in the vanguard press, but, still, there are laughable moments along the way

http://twitchy.com/2014/12/13/im-sorry-yall-look-ridiculous-cnn-hosts-assume-hands-up-dont-shoot-pose/

and the ‘new leaders’ of #ferguson et al.

http://twitchy.com/2014/12/13/i-could-cry-right-now-al-sharptons-dc-protest-blasted-for-vip-section-threats-to-call-security

r keller on December 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Be funny as hell if Hiz Honor woke up some morning and found NO policeman posted at his front door.

GarandFan on December 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Or a horse head at the foot of his bed.

docflash on December 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Yes, we all know that the Mayor’s wife is black, but standing in front of that many cops and saying that he warns his own son to be careful around them lest he be killed was clearly one step too far across the Rubicon.

Mixed metaphor? I’m thinking mixed metaphor. Isn’t any step past the Rubicon too far…?

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Cant wait for diblasio to screw up the snow removal.

elvis lives on December 13, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I really have no sympathy for anyone in NY or NYC.

You fools are getting what you deserve.

I moved out of that rat hole nanny state well over a decade ago.

TX-96 on December 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Beer summit would be cool. Obama and diblasio would drink cuban beer and they could hold it in the back of a ’55 Buick

elvis lives on December 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

What is very interesting, aside from this contretemps, is that only less than 25% of registered NYC voters showed up on election day. What I would like to know, where was Wall Street, where was the real estate industry, where was the rest of the business community in this King of Capitalist cities?? Certainly everyone knew Comrade De Blasio’s background and belief system.
Inexplicable to me. They got exactly what they deserved.

Gardis - CT on December 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Its New York…I don’t give a fat rat’s patootie what happens to those liberal, Godless loons…They made their bed, they can rot in it.

bimmcorp on December 13, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Doc flash….or if he pulled up to a toll both and the attendant drops his change then shuts his window real quick. :-0

elvis lives on December 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I smell a recall election.

John the Libertarian on December 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Doc flash….or if he pulled up to a toll both and the attendant drops his change then shuts his window real quick. :-0

elvis lives on December 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Just wrap a fish in the NY Times and give it to him…That ought to make him squirm…

bimmcorp on December 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM

What we’re witnessing here is, yet again, the breakdown of civil society and the weakening of the line between order and mayhem.

Bingo. We have officers of the law and those at its political head completely at odds. I applaud NYC’s cops refusal to endure abuse from the mayor, while at the same time I remember: a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Mayor de Blasio owes NYPD an apology.

Stoic Patriot on December 13, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Leave the de Blasio. Take the cannoli

de rigueur on December 13, 2014 at 8:23 PM

I just hope diblasio doesnt take an elevator ride with a man wearing sunglasses and holding a box of long stem roses

elvis lives on December 13, 2014 at 8:27 PM

FFS I hate these autoplaying video ads… who is running this place?

Kaptain Amerika on December 13, 2014 at 8:27 PM

This reminds me of the idea of not inviting Obama to speak at the “State of the Union” (which I like the idea of.)

Boehner will have nothing to do with that. In fact you could expect Boehner to drive over to the White House and pick him up himself as much as he is in Obama’s pocket.

. . . skrew De Blasto!

Nat George on December 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Wilhelm DeBlasio is a marxist disgrace…. NYC voters are fools

Whitey Ford on December 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

And definitely do not punch them or go for their gun.

rbj on December 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Unless you are a 6’4″ 300 lb gentle giant walking down the middle of the street on your way to college after robbing a store for some cigars. Then go ahead – I’m sure it will turn out ok. And if it doesn’t, then at least you’ve provided the virtuous Rev. Al with a chance to earn another million bucks from race baiting. So yeah, your life won’t have been a total waste…

climbnjump on December 13, 2014 at 8:38 PM

The NYPD is too good for its jurisdiction and the mayor, Bill Westboro DiBlasio.

22044 on December 13, 2014 at 8:46 PM

At some point it will not be worth the time of the cops to keep showing up in the highest crime areas. And when they stop, let’s see how much everyone enjoys that civil society with nobody around to enforce the laws.

That is precisely what should happen. If the people in high crime urban neighborhoods think so little of the police, then let them police themselves. Let’s see how that works out for them.

College Prof on December 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

de Blasio is even more disgusting than the average politician. He couldn’t wait to hit his knees and fellate the race baiters. Kudos to the police union for responding and hanging tough.NYC got Grubered when they elected this clown.

sgtstogie on December 13, 2014 at 8:58 PM

if only the gope had the stone of the PBA.

instead we get a flaccid boehner.

renalin on December 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM

That’s the message that black parents should be giving their children. When stopped by an officer, do as you’re told, don’t mouth off or talk back, and if taken into custody, don’t resist. If you know it’s a mistake, keep your mouth shut until you get legal representation. These simple rules are a no brainer when dealing with the police and are virtually guaranteed to prevent the kinds of tragedies that have occurred in recent weeks.

Don’t talk back to the police and you won’t get shot? That’s the message we should be teaching? Don’t resist arrest, sure. Don’t get violent, of course. Don’t reach for their gun… duh. But having to be afraid that something we SAY could lead to us being shot? If true, we’re in worse shape than I thought.

Shump on December 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Who thinks DeBlasio (not his real name) wants to go to these funerals anyway?

This lazy slob might benefit from having the extra time to get to his routine functions, such as they are.

virgo on December 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

I’m not sure why police think they should get “support”. Crime is way down, so we need the police less now than we’ve needed them in 40 or 50 years. Meanwhile, police misconduct is increasingly caught on video and published on the Internet.

For most people, their only interaction with police is when the police stop them for traffic violations. But driving has gotten safer at an even faster rate than crime has dropped. So the need to police traffic is also less.

Police need to start thinking about these things. They need to change their behavior. Protect the citizens instead of “fighting crime”. Side with the citizens on gun control, not the politicians. Side with the citizens on civil asset forfeiture. If police keep choosing the police side or the government side against the citizens, it won’t go well for them.

Kohath on December 13, 2014 at 9:59 PM

NYC police officers should wear body cameras when their mayor, and all other politicians, for that matter, also wear them.

Police officers are human beings, fallible as are we all. We pay them to do difficult jobs which put their lives at risk every day and should be able to trust them without spying on them.

Let’s assume for a moment that police ARE wearing body cameras, and a police involved shooting of a black person occurs. The same people who are complaining now will complain then, and claim that the police are falsifying video evidence.

TxSaintFan on December 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Democrat police unions vs a Democrat politician.

More Dem infighting. I like it.

307wolverine on December 13, 2014 at 10:39 PM

They should get gang names – how about the Crooks and the Thugs?

earlgrey on December 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

But after Bill de Blasio’s response in the wake of Eric Garner’s death, it seems that city’s finest have had enough.

After strangling Garner to death for no reason calling them “NY’s finest” seems like a bit of a stretch.

Tlaloc on December 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM

The asthmatic tub-o-lard died of a heart attack an hour after the arrest. But thanks for playing (poorly).

bernzright777 on December 14, 2014 at 2:04 AM

It’s appropriate to sometimes let liberals have a good taste of leftist governance in practice. DeBlasio is already underwater in the polls before this, and he’s just getting started.

Good for the cops. Tell the wanker to stay away. I hope their brass refuses to continue to be props for his photo ops, too.

~

When black people protest the deaths of violent criminals like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Vonerritt Myers, Jr. while they are committing violent crimes, and celebrate when murderers like OJ Simpson walk, it’s easy to understand their cultural and economic problems.

Adjoran on December 14, 2014 at 2:51 AM

After strangling Garner to death for no reason calling them “NY’s finest” seems like a bit of a stretch.

Tlaloc on December 14, 2014 at 12:04

Really, genius, because the entire NY police force ‘strangled’ Garner…Keep your idiocy to yourself, no need to advertise it publicly…

jimver on December 14, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Don’t talk back to the police and you won’t get shot? That’s the message we should be teaching? Don’t resist arrest, sure. Don’t get violent, of course. Don’t reach for their gun… duh. But having to be afraid that something we SAY could lead to us being shot? If true, we’re in worse shape than I thought.

Shump on December 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

In the situation under consideration, it is much better advice to exercise one’s right to remain silent rather than one’s right to free speech.

RushBaby on December 14, 2014 at 7:58 AM

I can envision NYC reverting back to the dystopic Craphole it was in the 60’s and 70’s. Thanks, DeBlowio!

vnvet on December 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

What’s a Hizonor?

pain train on December 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

NYC cops preemptively uninvite de Blasio to their funerals

The officer would probably be in the ground by the time de Blasio showed up anyway.

The guy’s notoriously late for everything.

pain train on December 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

What’s a Hizonor?

pain train on December 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Oh, I get it: His Honor.

Cute.

Jazz, did Noah teach you that?

pain train on December 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Yes, police officers are infallible. We are not allowed to talk to the them, argue with them or dispute, even when they are wrong. We are supposed to wait and get legal representation so that the lawyer can then fight against a falsified police report written by the rotten police officer.

Unless we do all this, we should accept the fact that we might be shot and killed. These are things that conservatives are now advocating? Actual so-called conservatives…

Chudi on December 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics.

New Yorkers reject incendiary rhetoric? Since when?

SD on December 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

At some point it will not be worth the time of the cops to keep showing up in the highest crime areas. And when they stop, let’s see how much everyone enjoys that civil society with nobody around to enforce the laws.

That happened in Cleveland.Big mouths about police brutality. Police quit Enforcing certain areas. Big Mouths quickly reteated

BruceB on December 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM