New Yorkers who live near the Hudson River awoke Friday morning to an airborne reminder of the tension between police and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that came to a head with the "execution" of two police officers last weekend.
A plane flying a banner reading "De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You" was spotted over the Hudson River, the message an apparent reference to the cops who literally turned their backs on de Blasio during a press conference after Baltimore man Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Saturday.
Ashley Chalmers, owner of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, the company that flew the banner, declined to say who hired him for the flight. But John Cardillo, a blogger and former NYPD officer, tweeted that he was contacted by a "coalition of NYPD cops, detectives and supervisors."
Cardillo released what he claims is a statement from those police officers on his blog:
As a large and unified group of current and retired NYC Police Officers, Detectives, & Supervisors, we are outraged by the mayor's incendiary rhetoric, and for facilitating the current hostile climate towards the NYPD. We understand that the department and even our own unions can only go so far in their public condemnation of the mayor as to not irreparably damage the working relationship with the city, or future contract negotiations.
It is our opinion that Mayor de Blasio's dangerous and irresponsible comments about his and his wife's concern for their son's safety at the hands of the NYPD fueled the flames that led to civil unrest, and potentially to the deaths of PO Wenjian Liu and PO Rafael Ramos, as well as the continued threats against NYPD personnel. The Mayor shows us no respect, and encourages the public to follow his lead.
Mayor de Blasio clearly doesn't understand nor care that every man and woman of the NYPD would give their life to protect his son, his family, and every other resident of New York City. Tragically, two of our Finest made that ultimate sacrifice days before Christmas.
We no longer have confidence in Mayor de Blasio, nor in his ability to lead New York City and promote the values that both the NYPD and the good law abiding citizens of the city hold dear. Mayor de Blasio turned his back on us long before we turned our backs on him.