i wish some noteworthy celebrity who is a lifelong new yorker would make a statement demanding that patrick lynch resign immediately as head of the police union. the man has lost any credibility as a defender of the general public by blaming citizens who have been protesting to air their legitimate grievances for the murder of two police officers. after all, no one was allowed to blame sarah palin for the shooting of gabby giffords despite her violent rhetoric.
edited to correct the last name of the police union chief. i regret the error.
If they want to open the Pandora’s box of “blame rhetoric”, it’s Patrick Lynch and the police union that are the ones with “blood on their hands”.
If the union acted like a proper frakking professional body and moved to expel the so-called bad apples from the force, instead of playing the thin-blue-line-us-against-them-you’re-either-for-us-or-against-us bullshit that usually follows egregious examples of police malfeasance, then they wouldn’t be in this fucking mess to start with.
If the public had faith in the institution, there would be no need for protests and vigilantism. Accountability, not circling the god damned wagons Lynch. You stupid, stupid fuck.
I am surprised that police aren’t shot more often, honestly. A person with a gun, sneaking around, who’s response to casual questioning is threats? Sounds like a recipe for disaster in any case. Shooting them first when a violent scenario is witnessed would be an easy “mistake” to make.
The first thing that struck me when I read that statement from Lynch, was that it sounded like the sort of statement that would be issued just before a military coup.
I don’t think there will be a literal coup. However, I think that in many US cities, the primary purpose of the municipal government is generally understood to be to finance the police department. And the NYPD is immensely powerful. (How many television shows have there been about just the NYPD?) So I think what will happen here is that de Blasio will either totally capitulate to the demands of the police, or will resign.