Poll reveals New Yorkers disapprove of NYPD’s disrespect of mayor
Special to the AmNews
A recent on-line poll revealed that an overwhelming number of New Yorkers disagree with the NYPD’s disrespectful actions toward Mayor Bill de Blasio during memorial services for two of their fallen comrades last month. Their actions were prompted after the mayor’s comments regarding the non-indictment of the NYPD’s Daniel Pantaleo for the killing of Eric Garner.
During the funerals of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, cops who were present pointedly turned their backs to the mayor as he spoke at the podium, expressing their anger over what they deem to be his lack of support for them.
According to the poll, on which the Huffington Post reported, voters of various ethnicities are upset with the NYPD for that action. The poll reports that voters disapprove of the action by a whopping 69 percent to 27 percent ratio. They also disapprove of Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch’s comments after the shooting.
“That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor,” Lynch declared. “When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable.”
Voters said those comments were too extreme, by a margin of 77 percent to 17 percent. The poll also showed that New Yorkers were more divided along racial lines on whether they feel de Blasio supports the NYPD. Black and Brown voters appeared more likely to believe the mayor supports the NYPD, whereas white voters were less likely.
A Pew Research poll, conducted in August 2014, found that Americans generally don’t believe that police departments do a good enough job of holding cops accountable. The poll shows that distrust of police is not limited to New York City.
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