Report: Hundreds of NYPD cops turn backs to de Blasio at funeral
Hundreds of New York Police Department officers turned their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) at the Tuesday funeral for slain Officer Miosotis Familia, The New York Daily News reported.
The backlash stems from rising tensions after de Blasio traveled to Germany last week to speak at a protest during the Group of 20 summit, one day after Familia was killed.
Photos show multiple officers turning their backs as the mayor’s speech was aired on a public address system at the Grand Concourse.
A spokesman for de Blasio said he went to Hamburg upon learning that his trip would not conflict with the officer’s funeral. But some police officers felt it the mayor should’ve been in the Big Apple to support the family of a NYPD veteran who had served the force for 12 years.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch blasted de Blasio for his absence.
“The mayor is the compass for the city of New York,” Lynch told the Daily News before Familia’s funeral. “And unfortunately, when a police officer got killed, his compass led him to Germany rather than here on the Concourse. He should have been here with the family … He should have been there with us.”
NYPD cops made a similar symbolic gesture in 2014, turning their back on de Blasio as tensions mounted between police and the mayor over the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, at the hands of police, as well as the assassination of two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, by a gunman.