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Bernard Kerik to NM: Tensions Still High After NYPD-de Blasio Meeting

By    |   Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:02 PM

New York City police union officials said Tuesday that nothing was resolved in a two-hour meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio — but former Commissioner Bernard Kerik speculated that the union remained deeply skeptical of the mayor in the aftermath of the execution-style shootings of two uniformed officers 10 days ago.

"Obviously, the mayor made a promise," Kerik told Newsmax. He discussed his views after Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch announced that issues between the parties remained unresolved. "The mayor said something that is going to take time for them to see what happens.

"The mayor said he's going to do something," Kerik added, saying that Lynch was saying: 'Let's see if he does what he says. We're only going to know in time.'"

De Blasio and union officials met at a new police academy in Queens to air their grievances following the Dec. 20 deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32.

They had been brazenly shot while sitting in their marked squad car in Brooklyn by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who later killed himself while being pursued by police.

"We came here today to have a discussion," Lynch said after the meeting. "Our main concern is the safety of our police officers of every rank on the streets of the city — and the safety of the citizens we proudly serve on each and every street in each and every neighborhood here today.

"There were a number of discussions, specifically about the safety issues that our members face.

"There was no resolve, and our thought here today is that actions speak louder than words and time will tell," Lynch said as he was flanked by leaders of the city's four other major police unions.

He had charged that there was "blood on the hands" of de Blasio because of the officers' deaths. Ramos was laid to rest on Saturday. Services for Liu are scheduled for this weekend.

In a statement, Phil Walzak, de Blasio's press secretary, said that the meeting "focused on building a productive dialogue and identifying ways to move forward together."

"The mayor and Police Commissioner [William Bratton] remain committed to keeping crime in New York City at historically low levels, supporting the brave men and women in uniform who protect us every day, and finding ways to bring police and the community closer together."

Kerik, who headed the city's police force from 2000 to 2001, told Newsmax that since the parties made separate statements to the media showing no obvious progress, that proved wariness — if not acrimony — remained high among union officers.

"If it were of something of substance, both parties — at a follow-up press event — would have come out to a podium and they would have talked, together," Kerik said.

"There was no resolve today because it's not immediate, whatever it is."

One clear sign, however, was that Lynch did not "come out and bash the mayor," Kerik said. "He didn't come out and say, 'We're no better right now than we were — and we don't see it getting any better.' He left something out there."

Regardless of what transpired behind closed doors, Kerik told Newsmax that he hoped the meeting signaled the "beginning of the end of this divisiveness.

"I'm hoping, for the sake of the men and women in the police department and for the people of New York City, that this is the beginning of a repairing of this relationship.

"Nobody benefits — the cops, and the city — no one benefits from this divisiveness," Kerik said.

"I'm hoping that whatever occurred today is the beginning of some type of coming back together."

But retired NYPD Det. Harry Houck was blunter in his assessment of the situation.

"What I glean from that quick couple words there is that actions speak louder than words," he said on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren." Kimberly Guilfoyle was guest host.

"So, basically, Bill de Blasio is full of words," said Houck, who worked on the force for 25 years. "So, we're going to have to wait and see how he reacts towards his police department from here on.

"It looks like nothing was cleared up today at all," he added. "He has been using the police department as a punching bag for I don't know how long now. And now that the police department is finally — the police officers are punching back — he is backing down and crying about it."

He added: "I think that what's going on is Bill de Blasio is probably telling Bratton on the side, quietly, 'You get me out of this mess.'

"If I were Pat Lynch, I would say I want a public apology from the mayor — and stating that from now on he is going to always give his police officers the benefit of the doubt based on the evidence," Houck said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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