Honestly thought Bill Bratton had more self respect than this feeble attempt to protect the odious Bill de Blasio.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is so worried his cops will turn their backs to his boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, at another NYPD funeral that he sent out a memo to shame them into good behavior, sources told The Post.
“A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance,” began the four-paragraph plea, which is being read at precinct roll calls ahead of slain Officer Wenjian Liu’sSunday service.
Bratton won’t punish officers who choose to turn their backs to de Blasio — which was done in droves at the funeral for fallen Officer Rafael Ramos — but he pleaded with the rank and file to shelve their anger.
“I issue no mandates and I make no threats of discipline,” the memo said. “But I remind you that when you don the uniform of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor, and decency that go with it.”
Used to be a time when the mayor of New York City also had decency.
But the memo goes much further, blaming the officers involved with taking attention away from the funeral and ruining the NYPD’s reputation.
“The country’s consciousness of that funeral has focused on an act of disrespect shown by a fraction of those…officers,” he said.
Sorry, don’t think so. Most people have their backs, not de Blasio’s.
Many cops were furious over the directive, which they saw as an attempt to fix the mayor’s bruised ego.
“Obviously he’s doing this to help his boss, de Blasio. He’s taking his side. He’s trying to protect him and not make him look bad,” a police source said.
One cop who participated in the collective back-turn defended the act of protest, saying it was the mayor who first snubbed the NYPD, including officers Liu and Ramos, with his unsupportive statements.
“I did that because I feel Mayor de Blasio does not like cops, and I would never do anything to disrespect another cop or his family,” he explained, adding that he found the memo “sickening.”
“He cares about his boss more than the 35,000 cops he’s in charge of,” the cop complained.
Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins blasted the mayor for having his commissioner tell cops to respect him.
“If you’re the mayor and you have to direct the commissioner to respect you, it’s a total embarrassment for the office,” he said. “Are they going to order cops to go have dinner with him next?”
He’s clearly not capable of shame or embarrassment.