With his relationship with the New York Police Department dwindling, Mayor Bill de Blasio scheduled a face-to-face meeting Tuesday with the heads of five police unions.
The meeting date was set over the weekend, a week after two NYPD officers were killed in Brooklyn, further fraying ties between de Blasio and police.
A union source told the New York Post that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton helped arrange the meeting and it will take place in Queens at 2 p.m.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch and Sergeant’s Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins are both expected to attend.
“I think it’s good that the mayor has finally reached out to those who represent the members of the NYPD, but I’m disappointed in the issuance of a press release announcing the meeting, which now raises concerns of sincerity. Is this about politics or is it about working through problems?” Mullins told the Post.
“This is no longer about the mayor, but this is about the people of the city of New York and the people in this nation who are watching. There’s a conflict of policies and an atmosphere of distrust between city hall and the police who serve this city.”
Protests ignited throughout the city after a Staten Island grand jury failed to indict a white officer in the killing of an unarmed black man. Lynch stated that he felt de Blasio threw the police “under the bus.”
Tensions between De Blasio and the police were charged after the murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wienjan Liu. During Ramos’ funeral Saturday, police were seen turning their backs on de Blasio.