A union of New York City police sergeants warned the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday against holding its 2016 convention in Brooklyn, issuing an open letter that doubled as a broadside against a mayoral administration with which some officers have grown increasingly frustrated, the NY Times reported.
In the letter, addressed to the group Mayor Bill de Blasio wooed during its visit to New York two weeks ago, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, Edward D. Mullins, said the city was going “backward to the bad old days of high crime, danger-infested public spaces and families that walk our streets worried for their safety.”
He presented a city overrun with “squeegee people” and other panhandlers, with shootings on the rise and morale among police officers flagging.
The city said it had enough hotel space to accommodate any guests, noting Midtown Manhattan’s proximity to the Barclays Center by train or car.In Brooklyn, Officials Court Democrats in Bid to Host 2016 ConventionAUG. 11, 2014
“The D.N.C. should choose another venue,” said the letter, which appeared as an advertisement in The New York Times and The New York Post. “Mayor de Blasio,” it continued, “has not earned the right to play host to such an important event.” Read more at the NY Times.