One of the most notable developments after the stunning killings of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu is the public battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio, among other people, and the law enforcement community. De Blasio, in particular, has been criticized as not saying anything about the more hateful and violent incidents during the weeks-long protests in the wake of the Ferguson and Staten Island incidents.
It did not help matters that de Blasio ran for Mayor on a platform that some see as less than appreciative of the NYPD.
“This is a nightmare of the highest magnitude for everyone,” said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association. Leaders at City Hall, he added, “need to dig down deep in their souls and understand that campaigning to be a leader is easier than being a leader.”
I speak from experience that politicians can SAY all they want about how they support law enforcement and emergency services as a whole, but the only thing that matters is what they DO or NOT DO about all the issues that we care about.
Put your money where your mouth is.