PBA President: ‘No Resolve’ After Meeting With Blasio


51188175BM001_Labor_contracMayor Bill de Blasio aimed to clear the air with police unions after rancor brewed over the shooting deaths of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and City Hall’s response to protests over police conduct.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, it was de Blasio’s opportunity to extend an olive branch to disgruntled members of the NYPD.

De Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton and union heads met privately for two hours Tuesday, leaving NYC police unions saying “only time will tell.”

A rift between de Blasio and much of the New York Police Department’s rank and file has widened recently. Union leaders have said the mayor fostered an anti-NYPD atmosphere and see de Blasio as too sympathetic to police critics who protested over the Garner and Brown cases.

Some people turned their backs on de Blasio at a police graduation Monday and one officer’s funeral Sunday.

Leaders of the five police unions were in attendance, including the outspoken president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Pat Lynch.

Lynch said at the meeting they discussed their main concerns: the safety of NYPD members and all of the citizens they serve.

Many expressed optimism that the rift would improve after the meeting, but Lynch said any progress or resolution has yet to be seen.

“There was no resolve and our thought here today is that actions speak louder than words and time will tell,” Lynch said.

“We came here today to have a discussion. Our main concern is the safety of our police officers of every rank on the streets of the city and the safety of the citizens that we proudly serve,” Lynch added.

Mayor de Blasio nor Commissioner Bratton commented after the meeting, but the mayor’s press secretary did release a statement saying, “Today’s meeting focused on building a productive dialogue and identifying ways to move forward together. The Mayor and Police Commissioner remain committed to keeping crime in New York City at historically low levels, supporting the brave men and women in uniform who protect us every day, and finding ways to bring police and the community closer together.”

As Lynch and other police union leaders left the meeting, they said there is no word yet on whether the parties will meet again.

Union leaders see de Blasio as being too sympathetic to police critics who have held protests over the Garner and Brown cases.

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino said he believes productive dialogue is a step in the right direction.

“So things can get better and hopefully, they won’t get worse before they get better,” he told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.

He said he also wants to see steps taken to prevent violence against officers.

“If we’re going to have some type of healing process, the first thing that has to happen is the threats and the violence against the police has to stop,” he said. “And with respect to future protests that are going to go on, we need to have some ground rules. We can’t have lawlessness.”

In a tweet Monday night, the Sergeants’ Benevolent Association said the mayor “needs to humble himself and change his philosophical views on policing and the way protests have occurred within the city.”

Read more at CBS NEW YORK.

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  1. I don’t like this Lynch guy. He is a big loudmouth. He thinks he can say whatever he wants without getting into trouble because he claims to “represent” the police officers.

  2. Pat Lynch should run for mayor. He speaks for thousands and thousands of New Yorkers. The mayor has destroyed the city with his antics. He says peaceful protests”…closing bridges and tunnels leaving thousands of motorists stranded on the highway are peaceful? somebody needs to take a 50 mg valium

  3. Normally I’m not a union supporter but in this case the rank and file seem to be saying the same thing as the union leadership. It’s up to the police whether or not to “like this Lynch guy”.

  4. I agree with # 3 & 4.

    A protest where anyone shouts that they want ______ police, must be stopped. Many arrests should be made for threatening violence against authority, for incitement to crime etc etc. Same with blocking traffic…. The primary concern is not the personality of a representative – it is the actual message that the representative carries.

  5. The sooner out society demands that the police should be subjected to the same laws imposed on the “civilians”, the better. Police are nothing more than the civil-servant employees of the public. Unfortunately, the public elected mayor boss is a leftist kook named De Blasio. Perhaps the cops should do what all of us do when faced with a bad boss – tough it out, or find another job. The police union should stop behaving like a spoiled child. Oh, and while we are here, let’s ban the get-out-of-ticket PBA cards – either we have all laws equally applied to all, or we have a corrupt mafia state.

  6. #6,

    Buddy, unfortunately you’re a leftist. Perhaps the looters, those who resist arrest and those who attack our public servants should just tough it out and stop behaving like a spoiled child.

    However, our public servants shall not find themselves in unnecessary danger. New Yorkers should not find themselves in danger because of their mayor saying that protesters chanting for cops to be k__ are right.

  7. How does demanding to end a legal double standard make #6 a leftist or anti police? Please learn to think two moves ahead as opposed to producing knee jerk reactions.