New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a halt to protests following the murders of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot execution-style by Ismaaiyl Brinsley on Saturday.
This latest move comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton expressed concerns that the anti-police sentiment rocking New York City is reminiscent of the 1970s. Mayor Bill de Blasio has been blasted by many, including ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani and ex-governor George Pataki, for pushing the anti-cop rhetoric.
NYPD high command suspended all activity by its Auxiliary Patrol – who do not carry guns – in a move unheard of since the 1970s.
Killings, woundings and shootings were common, while hundreds of officers flooded the streets for the funerals of their fallen comrades, amid a flurry of gang violence and angry protest.
Bratton drew the comparison with the blighted decade when asked by the Today Show whether he could remember another a time of comparable tensions.
He said: ‘1970, when I first came into policing. My first ten years were around this type of tension.
‘Who would’ve ever thought, déjà vu all over again that we would be back where we were 40 some-odd years ago?
‘I think this one is a little different though in the sense that [there are] social media capabilities to spread the word constantly.’
Bratton was referring partly to the Instagram posts in which killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, announced his twisted plan to kill two ‘pigs’ in revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Source: Daily Mail
While I don’t condone the murders of any police officers, I can’t recall the outrage hitting a fever pitch when Eric Frein gunned down two Pennsylvania police officers a few weeks ago?
No-one wants to see any law enforcement officer killed, but to blame the peaceful protesters exercising their First Amendment rights is disingenuous and un-American. There is a problem in the New York City Police Department, and many others across the country. Why else have they paid out millions to settle police brutality claims?