The following ad was flown over the Hudson River Friday. The people behind it are anonymous but former cop John Cardillo blogged that a “large and unified group of current and retired NYC police officers, detectives, & supervisors” asked him to post a lengthy statement about the plane once it was in sight over the city shortly before 9 a.m.
The statement readd in part:
“We are outraged by the mayor’s incendiary rhetoric, and for facilitating the current hostile climate towards the NYPD. We understand that the department and even our own unions can only go so far in their public condemnation of the mayor as to not irreparably damage the working relationship with the city, or future contract negotiations,” the statement read.
“It is our opinion that Mayor de Blasio’s dangerous and irresponsible comments about his and his wife’s concern for their son’s safety at the hands of the NYPD fueled the flames that led to civil unrest, and potentially to the deaths of PO Wenjian Liu and PO Rafael Ramos, as well as the continued threats against NYPD personnel. The Mayor shows us no respect, and encourages the public to follow his lead.”
By New Year’s de Blasio has to decide whether he will keep Judge Laura Johnson on the bench when her term is up Wednesday. She freed a gang member who admitted posting an online threat against the NYPD, then she doubled down by springing a man charged with punching a cop — despite having been admonished by a court boss over the first ruling.
This should prove interesting.