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.”
Another pol told DNAinfo that he did not feel pressured to speak out and did not agree with the police’s gestures toward the mayor, but still felt it was “really inappropriate” for the mayor’s team to make such a request.