Hundreds of cops turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio at slain officer's funeral

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the funeral service of Officer Miosotis Familia who was shot to death last Wednesday by a man who targeted her simply because she was a police officer. But hundreds of police officers outside the church where the service was taking place turned their back when the Mayor spoke:

NYPD officers were upset that de Blasio left the city the day after Officer Familia was shot to speak at a G20 protest rally in Germany. As Jazz pointed out earlier today, the city funded the mayor’s trip on the grounds that opposition to President Trump is a legitimate city interest. But de Blasio’s departure meant he missed an NYPD swearing in ceremony and also a vigil held for Officer Familia. Patrick Lynch, President of the NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association criticized de Blasio on Fox and Friends this morning:

It’s not clear exactly how many officers were turned their backs on de Blasio, but NY Post says “hundreds” and the NY Daily News says “several hundred.” A spokesman for the mayor downplayed the response to “a couple dozen.” From the NY Post:

“A couple dozen people showed up to partake in a bogus controversy ginned up by the media and those looking to politicize Detective Familia’s death. That’s unfortunate,” rep Austin Finan wrote in an email to The Post.

“The mayor, police commissioner and thousands of police officers from the city and beyond attended today’s service in solidarity to pay their respects and honor Miosotis Familia.”

There was a similar response to de Blasio in 2015 after Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed while sitting in their police car. Even the NY Times is pointing out the disturbing pattern:

Detective Familia’s death was a grim reminder that the combination of mental illness and distrust of the police has been linked to police officer killings across the country. Her death sent shock waves through the ranks of New York City police officers who are still reeling from the 2014 deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were executed while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The gunman in those shootings, who had been seeking revenge for the killings of African-American civilians, committed suicide.

While acknowledging that police-community relations had improved since then, Commissioner O’Neill warned “there unquestionably is creeping apathy among the public about the work and role of its police officers” that threatens to undo the progress.

Of course, people who attempt to murder random police officers in cold blood are not just distrusting of the police. Substitute the word “hatred” for the word “distrust” in that first sentence above and it would be much more accurate.