New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking heat from the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a union of about 13,000 active and retired sergeants of the NYPD, following attacks on two police officers in the Bronx in a 12-hour span.
"Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals," the SBA tweeted in response to de Blasio’s statement condemning the attacks. "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!"
"Police are being targeted. The anti cop tone infecting our city & state is causing bloodshed. 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," read another tweet from the SBA’s Twitter account.
Critics say de Blasio’s administration is to blame for the police hostility, pointing at the dramatic decrease of the stop and frisk policy and a new law that took effect Jan. 1 that eliminates pretrial detention and limits the use of cash bail for the vast majority of misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases.
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