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Pat Lynch: De Blasio a Hypocrite for Not Backing NYPD

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 02:55 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is guilty of hypocrisy for criticizing the city's Police Department in the death of Eric Garner — because a city lawsuit proves cops were merely enforcing the mayor's own policies, police union chief Pat Lynch says.

"This proves that it was his policy why those police officers were sent to that corner" where Garner was selling loose cigarettes, Lynch, president of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The community complained, he made a policy, and we went out to enforce that policy. So for him, after this tragedy, to throw us under the bus — then we find out he was still moving forward with that policy, but on the lowdown … that shouldn't be."

The New York Post reported Tuesday that de Blasio ordered city lawyers to remain quiet about a lawsuit to keep bootleg cigarettes out of New York because it was filed as the mayor was downplaying the illegal cigarette sales that led to the death of Garner.

The tabloid said city lawyers wrote the civil racketeering suit the same week that a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo, whose chokehold on Garner as police tried to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes ended in his death.

De Blasio infuriated police when he later said he was worried about the safety of his biracial son around the police.

"He's attacking his Police Department for his policies, but in policing there's no script where everything is going to go perfect every time, all the time," Lynch said.

He also defended his union's attempt to ban the mayor and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from attending the funerals of slain police officers. The union says it would insult the sacrifice made by the officers.

The attempted ban has been criticized by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who called it "a step too far."

"Bratton is a professional, and we have worked together for many years and we can have differences of opinion and still move the ball downfield. There's no doubt about that," Lynch told host Steve Malzberg.

"But what's getting lost in this process with the mayor — and I don't believe he understands the anger members have towards him since he laid society's problems at the feet of New York City police officers — is that this is not something that was created by me.

"I speak for the members. This is how the members feel. They don't feel supported and their feeling is if you don't support us now, then don't come and try to support us then. We need to be supported now."

He reiterated that de Blasio "went too far" … criticizing his own Police Department, his own policies."

"We're the most colorblind police department in the country, we're the most restrained police department in the country, and we're the most interactive with the community in every neighborhood of every city," Lynch said.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is guilty of hypocrisy for criticizing the New York Police Department in the death of Eric Garner - because a city lawsuit proves cops were merely enforcing the mayor's own policies, police union chief Pat Lynch says.
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