NYPD Commissioner Bratton Tells Officers Exactly Where He Stands On Their ‘Back Turning’ Behavior

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The NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio are still at odds and it doesn’t seem to be easing up.  NYPD Commissioner William Bratton wrote a letter to be read and displayed to all police officers over the next couple of days before Officer Liu’s funeral.
Bratton calls the police officers who turned their backs on de Blasio ‘disrespectful’ but in the letter he also states that he isn’t mandating the officers do not do that again.  He suggests they behave in an honorable fashion to the uniform they are wearing.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton has made it clear that he does not endorse the actions of those officers who turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio during the wake of slain officer Rafael Ramos last Saturday.
However, in a letter that has been made public, the commissioner makes it clear that he will not censor those officers who express their disagreement with the mayor for his handling of a civil dispute about the death of Eric Garner following his physical apprehension during an arrest:
The most relevant part:
“The assassination of detectives Liu and Ramos was an attack on us all. As a cop, one who lived through the assassination threats of the 1970s, I understand that emotions are high. I issue no mandates, and I make no threats of discipline. But I remind you that when you don the uniform of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor and decency that go with it.”

Essentially, the letter reads like one coming from an NYPD commissioner who is receiving political pressure to publicly chide the police for turning their backs on de Blasio, but makes clear his understanding that many police officers want to register their displeasure about getting political flak from the mayor’s office.

Here is a copy of the letter.

Read More:http://www.ijreview.com/2015/01/226457-nypd-commissioner-makes-clear-stands-dispute-police-mayor-de-blasio/

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