New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) should apologize to the city’s police officers for comments he had made about how the police treat minorities, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said on Sunday.
“He should have apologized for the remarks he made that gave the police the impression that he's on the other side,” he said on the CBS program "Face the Nation."
Critics have said that de Blasio’s comments were disrespectful toward law enforcement, while his supporters say he was simply being honest about his experience as a father raising a biracial son.
But Giuliani said police officers were wrong to turn their backs on de Blasio while he spoke at the funeral for one of the officers, Rafael Ramos, on Saturday.
“The mayor is not in any way to be treated with people turning their backs,” he said.
Giuliani said the head of a major New York police union had “gone overboard” with comments that de Blasio had "blood" on his hands because of his comments.
“That’s a terrible thing to suggest about a mayor,” he said. “I’m sure Mayor de Blasio’s heart is broken over those police officers.”