A meeting by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in New York City turned into a shoving match Tuesday after members voiced their anger at the union’s president for focusing on the wrong issues in keeping police safe.
The in-house battle at Antun’s catering hall in Queens erupted over the issue of what patrol officers really need — an apology from Mayor Bill de Blasio or newer equipment and more manpower, the New York Daily News reported.
“This is what my members want!” one police officer reportedly yelled at union President Patrick Lynch. “They want more cars, better vests, more manpower!”
“I don’t care about an apology!” another union member shouted. “I want to know what you’re going to do to protect us!”
At the peak of the clash, about 100 police officers were standing and screaming at Mr. Lynch, sources told the Daily News. Sources said the meeting got physical when Mr. Lynch’s supporters got involved.
“They were screaming,” one of the sources said. “Lynch’s guys got up and there was shoving and pushing.”
The chaos lasted about 10 minutes before Mr. Lynch stormed out of the meeting, the Daily News reported.
Mr. Lynch later blamed the skirmish on “a few agitators bent on their own self-agendas.”
“The frustration with the mayor’s policies and concerns for safety continues to be expressed by our members,” he said in a statement, the Daily News reported.
“They are rightly angered by the lack of support from City Hall, the dangerous lack of staffing, the lack of proper equipment to deal with the lethal environment we face and the re-instituted quota policies,” Mr. Lynch said.