New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans a meeting
Tuesday with heads of the city's police unions in an effort to heal a rift between him and police, and one of those union heads says the mayor should "humble himself."
"I don't expect him to come out and publicly apologize," Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said Monday on Fox News Channel's
"The Kelly File."
"I think the mayor needs to humble himself. He needs to open his mind to what policing is about, no different than he is trying to get police officers to open their minds in how to deal with people of color."
De Blasio needs to change his philosophical views on policing, Mullins said. De Blasio campaigned on what many have called an anti-police agenda, vowing to end the city's stop-and-frisk policy. He kept that promise soon after being inaugurated a year ago.
Police also are angry at the mayor because they think he threw them under the bus in a speech after a grand jury declined to indict a police officer in the Eric Garner chokehold case. In that speech, de Blasio said actions seen today are a culmination of centuries of racism. He also said he has told his biracial son to be extra careful when dealing with police.
"We need to educate the public as to how our criminal justice system works," Mullins said. "It may not be perfect, but just like last week when we saw a judge release two individuals who were threatening police officers, we had to live with that. We had to live with the decision of the courts."
But before I get into that, I want to thank law enforcement across the country for supporting the NYPD and giving us an outpouring of support for the funerals they have attended this past weekend. These attacks occurring across the country right now in a broken trust between the communities and the police is going to end tonight. And we're going to fix it here in the NYPD and set the stage across the country for the rest of this nation where every police officer is suffering.
>> How? How? Because your critics will look at the NYPD and they'll say you created your own circumstances by the "Chokehold" in Staten island that led to the death of Eric garner. The police in Ferguson, Missouri are the ones that caused this distrust. The alleged racist cops mayor de Blasio has been telling his son about, they're the ones to blame. Not the mayor, for telling it "Like it is." This is what his defenders would say.
>> That's what they will say. But what I'm going to say is a statement that came from the team arrivals from Abraham Lincoln, for the good of the nation and for the good of the people somehow we need to find a solution to upright this ship so that law enforcement continues to prevail and provide the safety to the citizens and to themselves going forward. There's been a lack of leadership across this nation and within this city. And hopefully the dialogue that may occur with this mayor tomorrow will help to set some kind of direction.
>> What do you want to say to him?
And we didn't go out and tie up bridges --
>> Ed, do you think you're going to get through to this mayor? It's not like anyone hasn't said that to him before. And talked about his biracial son needing to be wary of this police force.
>> This country is run by the people. If the mayor is held accountable through the people, then we'll see changes. Vice president Biden is the only person who gave any inspirational remarks in six months of all the turmoil that's been occurring throughout the country. And he did that the other day at this funeral. He spoke, he talked about the history of America, the importance of police and the idea of building and going forward. And I think we need to look at his words. And we need leaders to step up. There has not been one single leader in six months to set the stage to educate the public, to educate the police --
>> No one in office now. Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been out there.
>> That's right.
>> He has said the mayor needs to apologize to the NYPD. Do you agree with that?
>> I do.
>> Apologize for what?
>> I think that the mayor in many ways -- I don't expect him to come out and publicly apologize. I think the mayor needs to humble himself. He needs to open his mind to what policing is about. No different than he is trying to get police officers to open their minds in how to deal with --
>> Do you think he's endangered police?
>> I think that his actions may have enabled this city to become a lawless city in a lot of ways. The good thing is --
>> Is it true these cops are standing down and not issuing summons? This has been reported it seems tough to believe knowing the NYPD. These are tough guys and gals.
>> What's taking place is we're responding to each other's jobs backing up each other. The threat to police officers as you just highlighted in this broadcast is real. It's occurring throughout the country. And we certainly don't want to see any police officer being and our priority is to provide security to the city, but make sure we're secure enough so we can go home to our families.
>> Exactly right. Which you have a right to do. Thank you for being here, ed.
>> Thank you for having me.
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