Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Opinion Pages

Police Respect Squandered in Attacks on de Blasio

Acts of passive-aggressive contempt aimed at Mayor Bill de Blasio by New York police officers are disgraceful, and they are damaging the department’s credibility.

Credit Shannon Stapleton/Reuters 
Mr. de Blasio isn’t going to say it, but somebody has to: With these acts of passive-aggressive contempt and self-pity, many New York police officers, led by their union, are squandering the department’s credibility, defacing its reputation, shredding its hard-earned respect. They have taken the most grave and solemn of civic moments — a funeral of a fallen colleague — and hijacked it for their own petty look-at-us gesture. In doing so, they also turned their backs on Mr. Ramos’s widow and her two young sons, and others in that grief-struck family. 

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