At the funeral for Officer Miosotis Familia, hundreds of New York’s finest showed up to pay their respects.
Familia was shot one week ago while sitting in her patrol car. Gunned down at point-blank range simply for being a police officer.
So it was a stirring sight when Mayor Bill de Blasio – who spent his time gallivanting in Europe while New Yorkers were reeling from the senseless murder – was faced with the backs of hundreds of NYPD officers.
— Matthew Chayes (@chayesmatthew) July 11, 2017
The day after Familia was shot, de Blasio was speaking with anti-cop G20 protesters at a rally in Germany. The city actually paid for the mayor’s trip, arguing that “resisting” President Trump’s agenda was worthy of taxpayer dollars.
The president of the NYPD’s Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch, expressed the department’s frustration:
NYPD PBA President Pat Lynch calls out Mayor de Blasio for trip to Germany after NYPD Officer assassination pic.twitter.com/ot3La1HZsM
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 11, 2017
So when de Blasio came to speak at Familia’s funeral at the World Changers Church, hundreds of New York’s “disgusted finest” turned their backs on him.
Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said de Blasio deserved the snub.
“Mr. Mayor, you didn’t have to travel to Germany for a protest — all you had to do is speak in front of the men and women of the NYPD,’’ Mullins said.
The New York Post is reporting that once de Blasio was done speaking, most officers turned back around to listen to Police Commissioner James O’Neill – but not all.
Some officers griped that they feel even the commissioner has not had their backs since the case of NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry, who fatally shot a scissors-wielding Bronx woman in October.
Right after the shooting, O’Neill said police “failed,” and Barry has been charged with murder in the woman’s death.
“They preached support for us, but these have become hollow words only used in an election year,” a cop said, referring to de Blasio and O’Neill. “How can you respect these people when they speak from both sides of their mouths?”
This is the third time police have turned their backs on the New York Mayor.
They showed him their backs during the funerals of slain Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were executed by a cop-hating man in 2014.
Officers gave de Blasio the brush-off at Ramos’ funeral in Queens and then gave him another view of their backs days later at Liu’s Brooklyn funeral — even though then-Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called the display “very inappropriate” and urged cops not to make a repeat performance.
H/T: Hot Air