New York, NY – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that the anti-police attacks and demonstrations that have been occurring in the Big Apple for months are nothing more than a figment of the “right wing’s” imagination.
During a radio interview with WNYC on Friday, de Blasio asserted that the city’s police force is “being respected,” and that officers are “empowered to do their job,” the New York Post reported.
“The right wing in this town continues to try and dredge up the notion that people in this city are being negative towards the police,” the mayor scoffed.
He also referred to Sergeant’s Benevolence Association President Ed Mullins as a “tried-and-true Trump supporter,” and declared that Mullins is “as right-wing as it gets,” according to the New York Post.
De Blasio said that society should accept that “there will always be a few” citizens who clash with police.
“By the way, that’s not new,” he added.
He also blew off concerns about this year’s surge of law enforcement suicides within the New York Police Department (NYPD), and claimed that the large number of cops killing themselves was not indicative of a morale issue.
“No, morale is strong,” de Blasio insisted, according to the New York Post. “It needs to be stronger, unquestionably, but it is strong.”
The mayor’s tone-deaf comments came exactly one week after thousands of protesters flooded Brooklyn subway stations in a “mass fare evasion” to protest the “criminalization of poverty,” FOX News reported.
Protesters were seen in videos on social media helping each other to jump turnstiles to reach the platforms in the stations surrounded by people holding signs that said “No cops, no fares,” according to the news outlet.
There were a few incidences of people who chose to pay their subway fare being verbally accosted by protesters for following the law.
Numerous people held up signs that called NYPD “racist” and advocated violence against police, FOX News reported.
They scrawled “F--k NYPD” and “NYPD KKK” on the windows and sides of a bus as trapped, terrified passengers looked on.
Some of the protesters carried signs that read, “Don’t let these pigs touch us,” and “Punch that cop!” according to Hannity.com.
One day earlier, a group of Brownsville residents trashed an NYPD patrol SUV while the officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call inside a nearby building.
Residents dumped rotting food, eggs, and boxes filled with trash onto the top of their patrol vehicle.
Some of the garbage was then set ablaze, a witness told WCBS.
Cell phone footage showed the officers as they calmly removed the refuse while laughing residents surrounded them.
“Trick or treat, motherf--kers!” a man yelled out.
“This is what happens in the hood. Police get trashed,” another witness added as he broke into laughter. “Man, this is crazy – look at that!”
In August, three officers were injured when someone dropped objects on them from a nearby rooftop, the New York Post reported.
Five officers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries during another August incident, after they attempted to shut down the loud music coming from a 100-person house party, according to the New York Post.
Party-goers hurled glass bottles at police, resulting in at least one arrest.
Later the same day, a New York police sergeant and several officers came under attack as they were standing near the Bethesda Fountain during an afternoon concert.
An unidentified suspect hurled a fist-sized chunk of concrete at them, which smashed into a tree approximately three feet away.
None of the officers were injured during that attack, WPIX reported.
During the question-and-answer segment of the broadcast, New Hampshire resident Terrance Geenarain asked the presidential hopeful about his relationship with the NYPD.
“Your relationship with NYPD…has been described as strained, combative, and frosty,” Geenarain said. “How can you assure voters that you’re the right candidate to unite this country when many Americans believe that these types of adversarial relationships are what is dividing us?”
De Blasio thanked Geenarain for his question, then assured him that there are no problems between him and NYPD’s “rank-and-file” officers “and especially not [with] the leadership” of the department.”
“That may be accurate for my relationship with some of the very vocal, and I think mistaken, leaders of certain police unions,” he noted.
“I am so proud to have brought in extraordinary leaders to the NYPD,” he bragged. “I have been supporting our police leaders consistently.”
“We’ve healed the relationship between our police and our community, which was really strained for a long time, and needed that healing,” de Blasio declared. “That’s been that strategy of neighborhood policing that’s made all the difference.”
De Blasio has also praised the city’s plan to hand out gift cards and Mets baseball tickets to offenders as an incentive to get them to show up to their scheduled court hearings.
As many as 900 inmates are expected to walk out of jail beginning in December. The city’s so-called criminal justice reforms go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to WCBS.
Offenders will be released without cash bail for most misdemeanor charges and multiple felonies, including criminally negligent homicide, drug sales, aggravated assault on a child, and burglary, the New York Post reported.
Critics argued that doling out movie tickets, subway passes, and various store gift cards will reward criminal behavior, but de Blasio has insisted that the incentive program will be a success, according to WCBS.
“In a world where we want speedier trials and we want the justice system to work, if small incentives are part of what actually makes it work, then that’s a smart policy,” de Blasio told WCBS on Wednesday. “It’s not something we developed. It’s something that has been worked on by experts over time and proven to work and proven to be a good investment.”
As confident as the mayor may be in the plan, many of those who have actually worked with offenders disagreed.
Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon said the program is part of a “deranged mandate,” the New York Post reported.
“We are reaching the point of the absurd when those who are accused of serious offenses are free to roam the streets or even rewarded with gifts while the rights of victims continue to be ignored,” McMahon railed.