- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York police union president Pat Lynch said Friday night that Mayor Bill de Blasio has blood on his hands for the execution-style shooting of police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

A lone gunman identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot the two officers in their patrol car Friday night in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood before committing suicide on a subway platform. 

“There is blood on many hands tonight — those that incited violence on the streets under the guise of protest, that tried to tear down what New York police officers did every day. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor,” Mr. Lynch said Saturday, CBS reported Saturday.

New York City has faced weeks of protest since a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo for the July 17 death of Eric Garner, whose last words were “I can’t breathe.”

After the grand jury decision, Mr. DeBlasio said that he worried if his son Dante would be safe at night before adding, “And not just from some of the painful realities of crime and violence in some of our neighborhoods, but safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors.”

Mr. Lynch responded to the mayor at a Dec. 4 press conference for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, “What police officers felt yesterday after that press conference is that they were thrown under the bus. That they were out there doing a difficult job in the middle of the night, protecting the rights of those to protest, protecting our sons and daughters, and the mayor was behind microphones like this throwing them under the bus.”

After Friday night’s shooting, officers Ramos and Liu were pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital. When the mayor came to speak at a press conference held there, numerous cops turned their backs on him in silent protest, National Review reported Saturday.

President Obama spoke on the killing Friday night, saying he condemned “unconditionally” the murder of officers Mr. Ramos and Mr. Liu.

“Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones … and for that, there is no justification. I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen,” said Mr. Obama.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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