Peace and Blessings to all those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
I have been yelling at the TV and other media a lot this week every time I see the image of the New York Police Department (NYPD) officers turn their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos and when the cadets and others in the audience who heckled and booed him as he approached the podium at their graduation this week. It was disrespectful and shameful to the office of the Mayor of New York.
Let me start by stating that I completely support the entire movement that has swept this nation and the world, after the horrifying deaths of Michael Brown Jr., Eric Garner and many others who have been killed at the hands of law enforcement officers. I also support law enforcement officers and the system, for without it we have no law and order in this country. It is not a perfect system, which one is, and even with its bountiful flaws I support them.
My dad was a police officer, head of the Vice squad in the 80’s and was shot multiple times on and off duty and thank God he survived those shootings and is now a retired police officer. One of those shootings was done by a group of young men who hated police officers and especially him. So, I have lived on both “sides of this coin”.
I find it amazing that a group of people who have been so well trained to follow orders, respect the badge and the job have not learned that you also must respect officials. There are many times when we are not happy about who is in the position of leadership, but we must always respect the Office.
Turning their backs to the Mayor as he spoke at the funeral of a fellow officer was contemptuous towards the office of the Mayor of New York City. As members of NYPD they are like soldiers in the United States Arm Forces. The President of the United States is the Commander and Chief and soldiers, no matter how they personally feel about the person in that Office, MUST respect, follow his/her orders at all times, salute and stand up each time they enter a room. The Mayor of New York City is the Commander and Chief of the NYPD and those same rules of respect are to be followed by them.
I am not a fan of either of the Bush Presidents, but when working around or with their Administration on issues of concern, I had to respect the Office. Should the President walk in a room, you immediately stop what you are doing and stand up in silence; if you are a soldier you salute them. Should you be asked to attend a White House function, meeting or anything else by the President, you attend. Should your President ask you to come and work for your country even though they are from a different political party as yours, you go and work for them. It is the Office that we must all respect. It is the foundation of this country.
The Mayor is a better person than me and he has much more suave than many. When he approached the podium to give his speech and was heckled by the audience, he looked out and with great composure, style and grace, he began his speech as if nothing happened. I would have started with the basic hellos and thank yous and then I would have let that audience know that while you wear those uniforms of blue and are on duty you will NOT disrespect this Office. I am your Mayor and you will honor that no matter how you feel about me.
Tomorrow is the funeral of New York Police Officer Winjian Liu. As they honor his life, let’s hope that the NYPD Officers have learned a little about reverence.
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