Assault is assault is assault. Whether the perpetrator uses a gun, as was the case in the 2014 execution-style murder of two of New York’s Finest as they sat in their patrol car, or a water bucket, as was the case in Harlem on Monday, attacks on police officers should not be tolerated. In any sane world, they aren’t.
New York City is a not a sane world. When Monday’s incident inspired residents of Brownsville Brooklyn, which is 76% black, to follow suit, Chief of Police Terence Monahan spoke up. According to the New York Post, he said, “[W]e will identify who was involved, and arrests will be made.”
And how about Monahan’s boss, the mayor? Indeed Bill de Blasio had words for the perps:
I’ll just state the obvious. It’s not acceptable for anyone to resist arrest. It’s not acceptable for anyone to interfere with the NYPD when they’re effectuating an arrest.
This is serious stuff. Don’t do it. Don’t aid and abet it.
Powerful stuff, no?
Video of the attacks recorded by friends of the attackers, meantime, went viral.
As for de Blasio, he could have saved his breath altogether. He made his feelings about the NYPD known in 2014 following the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died while resisting arrest: “The death of Eric Garner was the end product of centuries of racism.”
When the aforementioned officers were assassinated where they sat, de Blasio made his feelings known again by showing up two hours late for a memorial service for one of the pair.
Bill de Blasio has some weird delusion that he is running for the presidency of the United States, despite his barely registering as a blip in the polls. In truth he is serving a second term as mayor of New York only because virtually no one ran against him.