The mayor emerged from hiding Monday to use the release of 2014 crime stats to heap more abuse on cops, saying a decline of 4.6 percent in major felonies meant he was right to demand both a “safe city” and a “fairer city.” He also blasted officers for turning their backs on him at Sunday’s funeral for Officer Wenjian Liu, calling them “disrespectful” and saying “it defies a lot of what we all feel is the right and decent thing to do.”
Hours later, he was at a Bronx hospital visiting two undercover cops wounded in a late-night shootout with armed robbers.
The roller-coaster day revealed the incoherence of de Blasio’s mayoralty. He claims lower crime justifies his anti-police agenda, but can’t resist throwing an elbow at the people who actually do the dangerous job. And when two officers are wounded, he praises their courage without any recognition of why so many of the Finest believe he has made the job even more dangerous.
The toxic tangle is growing worse, with data suggesting a widespread slowdown. Arrests and summonses are falling so steeply that there is no other reasonable explanation. Meanwhile, murders and other serious crimes jumped in the last two weeks of December, erasing some of the gains made throughout the year.
The mayor knew all of this when he spoke Monday, which makes his boasting and criticism especially unwise. He could have used the 2014 stats as a moment to turn the page and make a fresh start.
Instead, he threw gasoline on the fire — and has the nerve to accuse cops of disrespect. Then he has to go visit the wounded and comfort their families in an emergency.