Don’t expect the NYPD and New York’s mayor to be making peace anytime soon.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton went on the morning talk show circuit Sunday, expressing his disapproval of police shunning New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — but saying he understands some of the reasons why police are frustrated.
“[Police across the country] feel that they are under attack from the federal government at the highest levels,” Bratton said.
Members of the NYPD have repeatedly turned their backs on the mayor at public events, most recently when de Blasio spoke at the funeral of fallen officer Rafael Ramos on Saturday.
Bratton told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that officers turning their backs was “very inappropriate” at a funeral; watch below:
However, Bratton also said the tensions between rank-and-file police and the mayor will persist for the foreseeable future:
I think it’s probably a rift that’s going to go on for a while longer. The issues go far beyond the race relations in this city. They involve labor contracts, a lot of history in this city that’s really different from some of what’s going on in the country as a whole….There’s a whole series of local issues that are impacting on our ability to move forward.
Courtesy of The Blaze