Over the last several weeks, race relations in America have been strained. Despite assurances from President Obama that his presidency would signal a new era, we have instead seen nothing but discord, from Ferguson to Staten Island and protests about both everywhere in between. In New York, protests have at times spiraled out of the control of the NYPD, with marchers shutting down major thoroughfares right before and after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The New York Post reports that police officers and their union have had enough, and have gone so far as to create a waiver to ban the Mayor and one of the city council’s speakers from attending their funeral should they die in the line of duty. Traditionally the Mayor attends these funerals, but with this waiver, widely available, NYPD officers would demand that they abstain.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association distributed a flier to members, blaring: “DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!” Cops were encouraged to sign and submit the “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waiver to ban the cop-bashing pols from their funerals.
“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.”
The Mayor’s office, not surprisingly, isn’t happy about this public rebuke from officers and their representatives, telling the Post “Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics.”
What started this row between the Mayor and the NYPD?
“We’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him,” the mayor said.
PBA President Patrick Lynch reacted to that by accusing the mayor of throwing cops “under the bus.”
It’s not known how many NYPD officers have signed or intend to sign this waiver. Hopefully NYPD officers will remain safe and we won’t see an example of this waiver being used, but if we do, there might be a dramatic showdown between the Mayor’s office and the NYPD.
Comment below: Should NYPD officers sign this waiver?