- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A New York police union official is urging Mayor Bill de Blasio not to allow the Democratic National Convention to be held in Brooklyn, while accusing the liberal Democrat of making the city less safe.

Edward D. Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, warned in an open letter, which ran as an advertisement in The New York Times and New York Post that the city has moved “backward to the bad old days of high crime, danger-infested public spaces and families that walk our streets worried for their safety,” The New York Times said.

“The DNC should choose another venue,” the letter said. “Mayor de Blasio has not earned the right to play host to such an important event.”

The New York Times reported that the letter reflects the growing frustration that some officers have with the de Blasio administration.

Mr. de Blasio countered that the letter is “clearly an effort to advance their position in terms of contract negotiations.”

“And I think it’s an irresponsible act on their part. It’s fear-mongering to try and benefit their own position in labor talks,” he said.