This shouldn’t have been about politics.
Two cops viciously gunned down, by a crazed gunman, looking for any reason to kill. A tragedy. A time for a family to grieve and a City to support them. And then, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association laid down the biggest of political gauntlets, by explicitly putting the blood of dead police on the hands of Mayor Bill de Blasio, daring him to even utter any protest.
To be clear, PBA President Pat Lynch never liked de Blasio. Hated his campaign promise to end “stop and frisk.” Hated the Mayor for daring to suggest that police, like other unions in the city, accept a temporary freeze in pay, to get the City’s finances under control. But, with a tidal wave of an election, that brought de Blasio into office with a 45 point victory, came a fairly weak bargaining position for Lynch.
Enter the horrific deaths of Officers Liu and Ramos.