While trying to repair his public image via meetings with police union heads, Bill de Blasio was privately urging his colleagues to blast those same union leaders for turning their backs on him in a disavowal of the mayor’s racially-tinged commentary.
Police officers have been fed up with the Mayor, who has referred to police action in the Eric Garner case as being guided by “centuries of racism” and saying he had to tell his son Dante, who is biracial, that he should never reach for his cellphone when interacting with police because he ‘might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color’ by police.
Last week, it came to a head as police officers united and turned their backs on de Blasio as he entered the hospital to pay his respects to their slain colleagues.
Apparently that didn’t sit too well with de Blasio, who despite making outward public displays at reconciliation, was privately organizing a smear campaign against those same police union leaders.
Via Fox News:
Top aides to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly urged his political allies to blast the city’s police union and rank-and-file officers for turning their backs on the mayor during the funeral for one of two NYPD cops assassinated earlier this month.
The website DNAinfo.com reported Tuesday that members of de Blasio’s government affairs staff began contacting Democratic state and city officials Monday asking them to publicly criticize Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.
While this was going on, the website reported, de Blasio himself was setting up a meeting with the heads of five police unions in an effort to repair a relationship that has been stretched close to a total breaking point in recent weeks.
“City Hall wanted me to blast the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for turning their backs on him,” one legislator told the site. “They … said they were calling all of us, and that it was our obligation to stand up defending the mayor.” The legislator described the tenor of the call as being “because they were calling that we should do whatever they ask.”
Prior to this report, de Blasio’s Press Secretary was touting a meeting with police unions as a way to heal the rift that had grown between them, calling it a way “to move forward together.”
De Blasio’s office denied that the phone calls made to attack police unions were politically motivated and were instead used to encourage support for families of the murdered police officers.
One of de Blasio’s colleagues who received a phone call called that assessment “preposterous” and “not reality.”