It's not good for anyone if City Hall and One Police Plaza aren't working together.
Let us start by saying that we have the utmost respect for the uniform worn every day by the officers of the NYPD. Let us also say that we have the utmost respect for those willing to take The Job.
But right now, some cops – and we say some, because the vast majority of officers are acting admirably - who are wearing that uniform are putting a stain on what it stands for.
Some officers - and unfortunately their union leadership, who are among the most vocal dissidents - feel City Hall doesn’t have their back. But the mayor has throughout his first year in office made it a point to make policing a priority.
That said, the mayor has made a number of missteps of his own. While making ending stop-and-frisk a major campaign talking point, he was to a certain extent implying that it was the rank-and-file members who were to blame for aggressive policing practices targeting minorities and painting them as villains.
His tacit support, or at the very least acceptance, of the anti-cop protestors in the wake of the Eric Garner decision, and his public remarks that he had to coach his son Dante on how to deal with cops so he wouldn't become a statistic certainly didn't help either.
But Pat Lynch's over-the-top rhetoric that de Blasio had “blood on his hands” in the wake of the murders of Liu and Rafael Ramos showed zero leadership and did nothing to help the growing divide.
In fact, we not so sure that Lynch was thinking as much about the lives of Liu and Ramos when he made those statements, as he was bargaining chips in upcoming contract negotiations.
Only he would know, but he could show some real leadership by working in good faith to heal his rift with de Blasio and get back to the work of protecting New York City. Not only would that be the best thing for the residents of this city, it would be the best thing for his union members, the vast majority of which are probably upset that every resident of this city has now apparently been forced to decide if they are on the side of the cops or not.
The current situation as it stands is benefitting no one, and it's time for the leadership of this city to start acting like leaders.