This is what happens when you throw the police under the bus. You lose them. It was a nice 20-year run of law and order in New York City. Kiss that goodbye and welcome back to the dreaded days of David Dinkins.
The NYPD’s rank and file reacted with fury Thursday at being “thrown under the bus” by Mayor de Blasio, who said he and First Lady Chirlane McCray had trained their mixed-race son, Dante, about the “dangers” posed by cops.
Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, blasted de Blasio for his inflammatory remarks, which followed Wednesday’s decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict cop Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
“What police officers felt yesterday after that press conference was that they were thrown under the bus,” Lynch said.
De Blasio had called the Garner case “profoundly personal for me,” saying that because of “the dangers [Dante] may face, we’ve had to literally train him . . . in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.”
The comments angered cops, with one saying, “Did he tell his son to be wary of his police bodyguards, that he should be afraid of them as they pick him up at school and drive him where he needs to go?”
Ouch. The rank and file are none too happy.
“What a f- -king idiot. I listened for about two minutes, and then I was done,” one said.
Another cop said de Blasio “is fanning the fires more than anyone else in this city by not coming out in favor of the police officers who work for him.”
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani lashed out at de Blasio’s claim that reaction to the grand-jury decision was fueled by “centuries of racism.”
“This helps to create this atmosphere of protest and even sometimes violence. There was no racism in this case,” Giuliani told “Fox and Friends.”
At a news conference Thursday to announce a $35 million “retraining” of the NYPD’s 22,000 street cops, de Blasio tried to eat some of his words.
Asked about his implication that young black men should fear the NYPD, de Blasio insisted, “That’s not what I said.”
Too late, jagoff. You’ve lost the police.