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NYC Police Union Seeks to Ban De Blasio From Line-of-Duty Funerals

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 11:06 PM

The union representing New York City police is encouraging officers to sign a waiver banning Mayor Bill de Blasio from attending their funeral should they be killed in the line of duty.

The "Don't Insult My Sacrifice" waiver is available on the website of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which has been enraged by the lack of support from de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, the New York Post reports.

The mayor added fuel to the fire at a news conference where he confided he'd warned his biracial son Dante to be careful around police, while PBA President Patrick Lynch charged de Blasio had basically thrown cops "under the bus."

"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 traditionally attends funerals for fallen officers.

"This is deeply disappointing," the mayor and the council speaker said in a joint statement, the Post reports.

"Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics. The mayor and the speaker both know better than to think this inappropriate stunt represents the views of the majority of police officers and their families."

The PBA revolt comes as contract negotiations with the city have moved onto binding arbitration, the New York Observer reports.

The police union was not one of the eight uniformed unions accepting a contract deal this week.

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