Police Union Declares 'War' On Mayor In Wake Of Attempted Police Assassinations

Holly Matkin

Critics say New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's "soft on crime" policies have coddled and emboldened criminals.

New York, NY – The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA) has declared “war” on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio after a gunman attempted to murder multiple officers in two separate attacks over the weekend.

The shooter, later identified as 44-year-old Robert Williams, was previously convicted of attempted murder following a 2002 shootout with police, the New York Post reported.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Williams approached a marked NYPD van near Fox Street and East 163rd, according to the New York Post.

He asked the two officers for directions then opened fire on them, hitting 31-year-old NYPD Officer Paul Stroffolino in the chin and neck.

His partner, Officer Brian Hanlon, hit the accelerator, allowing them to escape further attack, WNBC reported.

Officer Stroffolino was rushed to a local hospital, and is expected to recover from his wounds.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the bullet narrowly missed the officer’s carotid artery, the New York Post reported.

At approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday, Williams stormed into the 41st Precinct station where the effort to locate him was being coordinated and opened fire, WNBC reported.

He was armed with a 9mm SIG Sauer handgun, according to the New York Post.

NYPD Lieutenant Jose Gautreaux, who was hit in the arm by one of the gunman’s bullets, returned fire during the attack, but the shooter wasn’t hit, WNBC reported.

Williams tossed his gun to the floor and surrendered when he ran out of ammunition, according to the New York Post.

The wounded lieutenant is expected to recover.

“Police are being targeted. The anti cop tone infecting our city & state is causing bloodshed,” the SBA tweeted shortly after the second attack. “Before any public official sends their thoughts & prayers, they should ask themselves how the language & behavior they've been tolerating has contributed to violence against police.”

De Blasio took to Twitter with his thoughts within hours.

“It was a quiet Sunday morning when bullets started flying inside the 41st Precinct,” the mayor wrote. “Our officers handled it with heroism and extraordinary skill, showing the true caliber of the men and women who serve in the NYPD. Thank God our officers are alive.”

“This was a premeditated assassination attempt against New York’s Finest. It was also an attack on ALL New Yorkers and everything we believe in,” the mayor declared. “This MUST be a city where everyone can live in peace and respect. This individual attempted to destroy that. We will not let him win.”

The SBA subsequently declared “war” on the mayor in a scathing tweet.

“Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!” the message read. “We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on!”

It is unclear how the SBA plans to proceed after making its declaration.

De Blasio’s soft-on-crime policies and growing tensions between the city’s police force and elected officials has been further exacerbated by anti-police protests, WNBC reported.

Officers have been repeatedly doused with water and attacked with bottles, bricks, food and other items for months.

“These things are not unrelated. We had people marching through the streets of New York City recently,” Commissioner Shea said, according to WNBC. “Words matter. And words affect people's behavior.”

Despite his declarations that attacks on police are “not acceptable,” de Blasio has ushered in a slew of polices that critics believe have both “coddled and emboldened criminals.

NYPD Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Pat Lynch blasted city officials who have repeatedly stood before the community at press conferences to express how “lucky” and miraculous it was that no officers were killed in various attacks.

“Stop relying on luck!” Lynch told reporters. “Some of the same elected officials that were standing at that podium today are talking about how lucky we are…sometimes it’s their words that are causing this!”

“We talk about the protesters that are yelling, ‘we want dead cops,’” he continued. “Those words meant something, and people listen and they try to kill cops. But who’s leading them? Some of the elected officials that stand here today, nodding their heads…are the ones that are leading those crowds…putting the words in those protesters’ mouths. Well, now it’s real.”

Lynch said that the attacks on police shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“We've been warning about this since 2012. We warned about it in 2014 and we were ignored and two cops were killed," told WNBC. "We warned it the other day, and what happened? [In a] twelve-hour time period, we’re here in Lincoln Hospital twice because police officers were almost assassinated.”

Lynch noted that it was the officers’ skills – not luck – that saved them from being killed.

“They weren’t lucky – they were fast!” he said. “That’s not lucky – that’s skill!”

The union leader implored city officals to start supporting police instead of just nodding their heads during press conferences after officers are shot.

“Start backing our police officers. Our elected officials that stand and nod with us, it's time to open your mouth and say 'this must stop,’” Lynch said.

Law enforcement groups have repeatedly voiced concerns about the growing anti-police sentiment throughout the city.

According to Lieutenants Benevolent Association President Lou Turco, Williams is a “career criminal” who has been out on parole for his attempted murder conviction since 2017, the New York Post reported.

In 2018, he was arrested for driving under the influence and resisting arrest, but was released from jail in January of 2019.

He was due back in court on Monday in connection with that parole violation, the New York Post reported.

Williams also recently got out of jail “for a machine gun charge,” an NYPD source told the New York Post.

Williams’ grandmother, 80-year-old Mary Williams, said that her grandson has been “depressed” at times since his 18-year-old son was fatally shot while he and a friend were playing with a gun in 2018.

She said she was “shocked” to learn that Williams had been arrested for attempting to assassinate New York police officers.

“He stayed in the house and sometimes he would go with me to the laundromat or to the store or whatever,” Mary Williams told the New York Post. “He didn’t have no problems with no police lately.”

Comments (67)
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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

I was wondering how long it would take these over paid Nimrods to WAKE UP and do their jobs to PROTECT LEOs in that city. Every Police and Fire UNION should united and confront these Liberal Mayors that have make LEO and Firefighter's lives so Dangerous

Anomie88
Anomie88

De Blazio with his empty words of praise, his empty mind, and his "paid-for" mentality is a rebarbative, reprehensible politician living in an ivory, police-protected tower. Who's deplorable now, Mr. Mayor? Look in the mirror for the answer.

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

I think his police protection should cease immediately and a severe case of blue flu should attack . They can't afford to replace that many........ just my retire before the new generation started electing morons and cowards to high office.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Woobie46
Woobie46

Better late than never! Now, usher in the civil suits...the city, the police dept., he commissioner, deblazio (I bet he has BILLIONS you could ask for!) cuommmo...this could end up as a war that you can win in a big flashy sort of way! GO FOR IT!

Quasar704
Quasar704

While I agree with the “soft on crime” position making things more dangerous for officers, lets not forget how wearing shirts that read “I CAN breath” contribute to that danger. At some point you people are going to have to acknowledge the 3 fingers pointing back at you.

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LEO0301
LEO0301

I never heard of that shirt...where can I buy one?

Quasar704
Quasar704

Ask any of the local klan members that infiltrated the NYPD and wore them to mock the supposedly “accidental” death of Eric Garner.

All shit aside... Even you should be able to understand how actions like that add fuel to the fire. But I’m sure you’ll deny that, it’s in your nature.

61mouse
61mouse

🖕🖕🖕 you and Garders family

flybynight
flybynight

#ashirthurtmyfeelings
🙄

Quasar704
Quasar704

Right.... Now you think about that attitude and how it effects people when you spew that shit to the public when you reflect on men like Officers Ramos and Liu of the NYPD shit head.

I don’t give a fuck how you feel about me or “Gardner’s (it’s Garner by the way genius) family”.... But I guarantee you this, if someone read that comment and was already leaning toward hating cops based on the history of policing in this nation since it’s inception they would probably step over that line.

You’re not helping, sure it may sound good to you and the rest of these brain dead fucks... You may get “likes” for it... But some poor, innocent bastard that’s just trying to make the community he serves a little safer is gonna bear the brunt of that stupidity. Take a bow ass hat.

Quasar704
Quasar704

Dude.... You’re about as dumb as box of rocks. You can minimize the effects of behavior like that all you want but the reality of it is, behavior like that doesn’t do much to push the narrative of this being a “new police force, much different from the institution of policing that enforced laws to oppress black folks”... You know, that fake ass narrative you people try to push?

Behavior like that enforces the idea of cops being anti-black, race soldiers that commend each other for killing black people... Even if it’s for something as petty as selling loose cigarettes.

Don’t give me that “he should’ve complied” bullshit either because that’s beside the point... The point is THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR IS DESTRUCTIVE AND IT PLACES COPS IN DANGER. It’s just as destructive as chants for dead cops that “hurt your feelings🙄”.

Quasar704
Quasar704

“61mouse
3 hrs
🖕🖕🖕 you and Garders family”

Now what do you think happens when someone screenshots this and shares it to a media source that pushes an anti-cop agenda? What kind of anger do you think this fills sympathizers of a man that was suffocated for resisting arrest over selling cigarettes?

I’m sure your mentality is “fuck those sympathizers” but the incidents that occur due to this disconnect shouldnt be as easy to blow off.

Savethebluelivestoo
Savethebluelivestoo

If they’d of complied they’d be alive!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Except he didn't suffocate. His heart exploded because he was grossly overweight and in poor health. Why would a man in that condition resist arrest?

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

you expect the cops to acknowledge the crimes that the blue mafia commits against those that they are suppose to protect! just look at the union that just sent a terrorist threat to the mayor, this is there leadership! we the people are tired of there shit! when the city pays out more than $300 million per year for police crimes, and then claims we did nothing wrong! there is a problem!

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

quit victim blaming!

flybynight
flybynight

And never mind the fact he failed to comply with the police. If he had complied he would still be alive. Now we have crazy704 preaching how dumb everyone is because no one agrees with him. Give me a break!!! 13/60, it's always always someone else's fault.

flybynight
flybynight

Preach on 13/60

Quasar704
Quasar704

Well.... The ME said something different. The ME said the cause of death was “asphyxiation smh. You people are STILL lying when this is PUBLIC RECORD MAN. But this is beside the point.... I’m not about to argue with you about Garner’s death, the point is THE BEHAVIOR YOU MORONS REFUSE TO ADDRESS.

You keep lying to yourselves saying “Obama” started this as if there was no disconnect prior to 2009. YOU PEOPLE BEAT THE FUCK OUT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE PEACEFULLY FOR VOTING RIGHTS😂😂😂! What do you think, people just forgot about that? You people stood side by side with white supremacists and defended white supremacy with no shame. Since the inception of formal policing and still continue to taunt the people that were subject to the oppressive laws you all enforced to this very day. How can you seriously tell yourselves you have no hand in this current climate???

Quasar704
Quasar704

“13/60” is a lie that I proved to be a lie a long fucking time ago you half witted fuck

Quasar704
Quasar704

If cops weren’t dirty Ramos would be alive... So let’s taunt his family because of that fact😐.... This is the logic you people are using. Whether Garner complied or not WHY TAUNT THE MAN’S FAMILY AND THE PUBLIC? How can that be conducive to the safety of officers? THAT’S the point

flybynight
flybynight

You're just driven by a crises of ego identical to that of Black Jive Matters, which you might recall perpetuated the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot". Convincing yourself a lie is true, despite evidence to the contrary, is a form of self indoctrination. Having adopted the liberal mindset, you displace facts with blind worship to the agenda.
And you call everyone that doesn't agree "halfwit and dumb fuck" because they totally disagree with you. What a pathetic troll you are. It least you've restrained yourself from the emoji shit storm.........for now.

LEO0301
LEO0301

There are approximately 700,000 police officers in this country who respond to about as many calls for service each and every day. The number of calls that garner (yes, I said it) attention from the public is miniscule in comparison. I know the police make mistakes, just like every human being on this planet does. If you are looking for the police to be perfect you should hire robots and pray they don't take over the world. I really wish police critics would point their fingers at the people who are ultimately responsible, and it's not cops. If you don't resist (Garner) and comply (word of the day) there would be virtually no need for the police to use force. You come to a pro law enforcement website using the word "pig" to describe cops and you wonder why people turn on you?!?!

LEO0301
LEO0301

He's not a victim. He caused his own demise. I'll say it again because you don't seem to understand the concept - DON'T RESIST, COMPLY WITH THE OFFICER AND YOU WON'T GET HURT OR AS IN GARNERS CASE, DIE. It should be simple, but for those lacking the intellect, apparently not.

LEO0301
LEO0301

"Don’t give me that “he should’ve complied” bullshit either because that’s beside the point.." Are you serious? It's certainly not besides the point. Garner would be alive today (maybe not since he had a bad ticker) if he complied. Maybe that's the problem, you and those like you aren't smart enough to figure that one out.

Quasar704
Quasar704

I don’t use the word “pig” to describe cops. I don’t bad mouth cops period. I bad mouth and use the word “pig” to describe RACIST assholes that express their racist nature under the guise of “supporting LE” or “backing the blue” and I’ve explained this to your already.

You’re attempting to deflect once again. What I stated to you was very simple, I asked you if that stupid shit like wearing shirts that read “I CAN breathe” to taunt the family and the sympathizers of that family is conducive to the safety and overall image of LE? Once again you avoided that like the plague.

The point I’m making is THE LE COMMUNITY IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HATRED THEY RECEIVE IN TODAY’S SOCIETY and you people DO NOT check that type of ignorant behavior that further pushes the disconnect. ADDRESS THAT.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Yes, you use the word all the time black hole sun. Your logic with the use of the word "pig" would be like me using the "N" word to describe blacks who commit crimes. It's offensive either way, right? Your problem, well not just you but those like you, is that you live in a little hypocritical bubble.

Quasar704
Quasar704

It IS beside the point if the point is “LE and their supporters do a lot of dumb shit that causes mistrust and hatred from the communities they serve.

If I walked into a cop bar wearing a shirt that read “the Dallas 5 deserved it” how fucking childish would I sound saying “I walked into a cop bar and was attacked because they’re racist!”.... Completely ignoring my own actions to provoke the attack?! Why do you people pretend to be so ignorant?

Simple question... “Do you think the history of policing pertaining to black people... Along with the anti-black sentiments expressed on ANY cop page that the public often visits plays no part in the anti-cop climate officers have to work in today?” YES OR NO?

LEO0301
LEO0301

They didn't send a terrorist threat, fool. Is the expression "War on Drugs" a terrorist threat? No, it's not. When two football teams play and a player uses the expression "this is war" is he a terrorist? Of course not. Learn the difference.

LEO0301
LEO0301

No

Quasar704
Quasar704

Man are you high or something?! What “lie” am I convincing myself is true? Is it a lie that those assholes were out there taunting the family of Garner? Did the ME not report that was indeed damage to Garner’s neck and his death was caused by positional asphyxiation?

Don’t talk to me about no fucking “hands up don’t shoot” because I was among the people that were saying “I don’t think the cop just executed dude in the middle of the street” when it first happened “You dumb fuck”.

You (just like the rest of the klansmen) refuse to address the question I continue to ask.... “How is it you people don’t see or address the fact that the ignorant behavior of LE and it’s supporters do a lot more to further the divide than someone saying “the cops acted stupidly’ does?”I don’t expect any of you to address that FACT.

You people have this childish idea that recognizing fuckery is somehow a show of being anti-cop in general and that is BULLSHIT.

Quasar704
Quasar704

You people DO use that word to describe anyone that doesn’t suck cop dick! You cross burners sit here and express anti-black sentiments all day EVERYDAY and feel “offended” by the word “pig”? YOU ARE THE EPITOME OF THE TERM!

Quasar704
Quasar704

Well... If you say “no” you’re in a serious state of denial. If you think taunting the family of man that your entity suffocated on the sidewalk had less of an adverse effect on the public than a man saying “the Cambridge police department acted stupidly” you’re just not able to be truthful regarding certain situations and we have nothing further to discuss.

flybynight
flybynight

fact (făkt)
n.

  1. Knowledge or information based on real occurrences: an account based on fact; a blur of fact and fancy.

a. Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed: Genetic engineering is now a fact. That Chaucer was a real person is an undisputed fact.
b. A real occurrence; an event: had to prove the facts of the case.
c. Something believed to be true or real: a document laced with mistaken facts.
3. A thing that has been done, especially a crime: an accessory before the fact.
4. Law A conclusion drawn by a judge or jury from the evidence in a case: a finding of fact.

Hope this helps but I doubt it. Seek help crazy704

Quasar704
Quasar704

Your level of comprehension has to be in like a first grade level or something. Please... Point out what made you feel like I don’t understand the idea of “fact”? I’ll wait

flybynight
flybynight

I gave you the definition of the word "fact" and you can't even except that. Not surprised at the least bit. And thanks for not blasting the emoji shit storm. Now if you can get the childish name calling thing under control that only leaves your selective sight issues and the really big stumbling block........ Facts.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Never used the word, EVER. Not even when angry.

Quasar704
Quasar704

👍🏿 Whatever you say cross burner... I’m done

LEO0301
LEO0301

We have nothing further to discuss? Do you promise?! Great, I don't expect to ever hear from you again.

flybynight
flybynight

I liked you better as retiredafvet, don't know why.

flybynight
flybynight

You believe crazy704 about as much as I do...... and that's ZERO!!!!!

Quasar704
Quasar704

Oh you’ll hear from me... That’s for certain. We just won’t ever attempt an honest discussion again white pig

ikaika
ikaika

Since you want to correct others, it's "breathe," not " breath, " unless you're talking about how bad yours is.
Also, the correct usage is "its inception."
You shouldn't be so quick to call others a box of rocks, moron.

LEO0301
LEO0301

LOL "we have nothing further to discuss."

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

how would you feel if the cops stopped you every day for no reason? how long would it take for you to get tired of that shit? some people have to deal with that shit every day with no end in sight!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I suppose you could stop slinging dope. I'm sure that would help eliminate some of those unwanted stops.

61mouse
61mouse

B

61mouse
61mouse

@Quasar704 When liberals rule criminals drool

LEO0301
LEO0301

White pig? As opposed to black pig? Tell me again how you're not a racist. If you weren't one you certainly wouldn't bring up skin color.

Quasar704
Quasar704

Look up the definition of racism you idiot. Me referring to an anti-black member of the LE community as a “white pig” after that anti-black member of the LE community refers to me as. a”black hole”, often times “black A-hole” is not a claim of whites being inferior to other races. It’s not descriptive of white people in general. It’s not an insult to white people as a race... It’s me calling a racist LEO a term that describes dirty cops.

“Bringing up skin color” has absolutely nothing to do with racism.... Unless of course you’re “bringing up skin color” with the intention of stereotyping or degrading that race... Which many of the followers of this page do. I shouldn’t have to explain this to your old ass😂😂😂😂

LEO0301
LEO0301

Black hole...sun is a reference to your screen name, not the color of your skin. It's not that hard to figure out but alas you are a little on the slow side.

Quasar704
Quasar704

It can’t be a reference to my screen name because a quasar isn’t a black hope you dumb fuck. You tried to be witty and use that reference metaphorically white pig. The fact that you think I wouldn’t catch that is further confirmation of your racism.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I've proven otherwise, but oh, okay....

Quasar704
Quasar704

No you fucking moron... you posted an opinion from a random person on Wikipedia or some shit. If you

LEO0301
LEO0301

It wasn't a random person tard, it was from a scientific web site and not one, but two that I quoted from, black hole!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Pretty damn sad that it took this long for the police union to step up their game what the hell were you waiting for how many officers had to be beaten putting commas and shot and killed the police officers of New York under this idiot the Blasio they need to walk off the job and tell him to pound it

Robert Kahlcke
Robert Kahlcke

Best wishes for a speedy recovery OFFICERS.
"BLUE LIVES MATTER" "criminals lives not at all"
BIG BIRD HAS TO GO, FORTHWITH.

61mouse
61mouse

When liberals rule criminals drool

pamparker31
pamparker31

Back the Blue or they shouldn't back your's!!! Police need to take names that are against them and not answer calls for help when they need them!! Watch how quickly they start respecting the laws!!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

ALL of US should unite behind NYPD against Mayor de Bozo!!!!! It's long overdue to set the stage and show the elected officials who think they know better just how it really works. Blue supports NYPD in their fight against the clown, de Bozo!!!!

Jones24
Jones24

Jokers. All of them.

Akansan
Akansan

So here's the deal De Blasio - you have two weeks from today to go back to the old system of sending them to jail and keeping them there or the blue flu can and will happen. Crude way of working things out but it is the only way things will change.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

“Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!” the message read. “We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on!”

the feds need to investigate the union for there terroristic threats! if i had posted this message, i would get an unfriendly knock at the door!

when a cop get shoot, you fucktards claim it's a war on cops! while it's only a small handful compared to the number of people that cops shoot (1300+) per year. cops DIDN'T earn the hate for no reason! YOU WANT RESPECT, EARN IT! don't think just because you put on a clown suit, you deserve respect!

Stanracer
Stanracer

STOP ELECTING BLEEDING HEART, HUG-A-THUG, POLICE HATING, LIBERAL, NUTJOB, POLITICIANS!!! Problem solved.

magnumforc
magnumforc

I'd kind of be looking the other way if I was on his protective detail. Or maybe all the officers should refuse to be on that detail at all. Let this asshat be subjected to the same issues every decent citizen has to face, without anyone but himself between criminals and the dirt nap.

I_Stand_With_Police
I_Stand_With_Police

The true definition of a Real Putz! This whore of Soros has been degrading police and watching them get slaughtered thanks to his actions against them for years yet now the Union steps up. Hell I'd of walked off the job and dared the union and this putz to charge me with anything if I was still in NY.

Trefflek
Trefflek

This is what happens in democrat controlled cities.