The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has set off a campaign to ban Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from showing up at officers’ funerals.
A letter titled “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” allows the officer to sign his/her name on a form requesting that “Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty.”
It blames Mayor Sandinista de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for their “consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve”. It adds that their attendance would be an insult to the officer’s memory.
“Frankly, I am disgusted with the double talk coming out of this City Council,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement at the time. “They praise police with words and then take actions that clearly demonstrate their true lack of support for the very people who protect them and make their communities safe.”
The form being sent out:
Don’t Insult My Sacrifice
I, _____________________, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty. Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice. _______________________ Signature
De Blasio and Mark Viverito’s offices provided a joint statement lamenting the campaign: “This is deeply disappointing,” wrote deBlasio spokesman Phil Walzak and Mark-Viverito spokesman Eric Koch.
I’d say I’m deeply disappointed in them but this is what I expected from these left-wingers.
They didn’t think it was incendiary however when they threw the police under the bus and condoned the riots over the deaths of thug Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
The newspapers, especially CBS News Radio this morning, presented the story by putting the PBA in the most negative light. They’re on board with the insanity on this issue.
On Friday, a group announced it would host a “Thank You NYPD” rally near City Hall on Friday, Dec. 19. I haven’t been able to find out who is behind the group yet.