New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said it was “very inappropriate” for police to turn their back on Mayor de Blasio as he eulogized a slain officer yesterday, but acknowledged the public rebuke is “reflective” of tensions between police and the mayor.
“That funeral was held to honor Officer (Rafael) Ramos,” Bratton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “To bring politics or to bring issues into that event I think was very inappropriate and I do not support it.
“… At the same time it is reflective, unfortunately, of the feelings of some of our officers.”
He later said, “…There’s no denying that among the black community that there are those concerns and in policing sometimes it’s difficult to see those.”
The acrimony in New York is the “tip of the iceberg” and reflective of issues much larger than policing, such as income disparities and unemployment, Bratton said. The tensions are similar to the turbulent times of the 1970s. “We’ll make it here, but it will be difficult,” Bratton said on “Meet the Press.” Read more here.