Skip to main content
Tags: officers | deaths | shooting | rhetoric | race

Ex-NYPD Official: Anti-Cop Rhetoric Led to Officers' Deaths

By    |   Monday, 22 December 2014 07:53 PM EST

Liberals and Democrats, convinced that police wield too much power in society, have contributed to a racially charged climate of hostility toward law enforcement that gives rise to violent acts like Saturday's murder of two officers in Brooklyn, a former New York City Police Department official tells Newsmax TV.

Some of the anti-police rhetoric has come from prominent political figures who should know better, John Picciano, a former NYPD chief of staff, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Monday, naming President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as culprits.

Story continues below video.



Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system –
Click Here Now

"This goes all the way to president President Obama in 2009 when he said the police acted stupidly before he even knew the facts of what had happened," said Picciano, referring to the president's remarks after a police officer's run-in with a black Harvard professor.

"There's been a trend here since the Obama administration to go after the police and bring them down," he said.

The heated rhetoric — and the public furor over policing this year — also ignores how infrequently incidents happen, said Picciano, arguing that the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City are rarities in police departments' everyday dealings with communities.

"If you look at the millions of contacts per year [between police and citizens] around this country, it's a very, very minor portion of the police seen out there that are having problems like that," he said, adding that police today do "a much better job . . . in being more sensitive, having better community relations and better training for the officers."

He said that departments are also better today at weeding out any "bad apples" in their midst to cut down on the likelihood of police misconduct.

Finally, what the public sometimes perceives as overly aggressive policing is, in reality, a function of cops' having to keep their guard up at all times, said Picciano.

"If you look at what happened to those two officers on Saturday, unfortunately, they had their guard down, in a sense," he said of the patrolmen shot dead in Brooklyn by a man vowing revenge for Garner's death.

"They were sitting in a vehicle and had no idea what was going to happen to them," said Picciano. "It is a very difficult line to walk at times. When you're pulling over a vehicle and you're dealing with traffic stops, and just walking the street, you just don't know. Unfortunately, their guard has to be up, and sometimes it comes off as maybe arrogance or aggression."

Picciano said it is incumbent on a prosecutor like Holder or an elected official like de Blasio to understand these realities about policing, and to be more supportive.

"You cannot be the chief of law enforcement officers and be an activist for blacks only," he said. "You have to be fair."

At the local level, said Picciano, "if it's about the citizens that you love that voted you into office, then obviously who protects the citizens? It's the police department, and you have to be on their side."

"When they make a mistake, sure, of course, you're going to look into it," he said, "It's going to be investigated. But every day you have to support the police department, the fire department, the ambulance [drivers] and all the other workers in the city."

Instead, said Picciano, de Blasio comes from a liberal political culture that thinks "police are too powerful, and every incident that [happens], they look at it under a microscope without knowing all the facts."

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Newsmax-Tv
Liberals and Democrats, convinced that police wield too much power in society, have contributed to a racially charged climate of hostility toward law enforcement that gives rise to violent acts like Saturday's murder of two officers in Brooklyn, a former New York Police...
officers, deaths, shooting, rhetoric, race
625
2014-53-22
Monday, 22 December 2014 07:53 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved