Aucklanders could learn a thing or two from the NYPD

Bill de Blasio has shamelessly chucked his city’s Police force under the bus for pure politics.

That has backfired on him.

The city’s 35,000 police officers have no respect anymore for their mayor and they are showing it by turning their backs on the mayor when ever he attends official functions, like the funerals of the two recently slain police officers.

Earlier this morning at the funeral for Rafael Ramos, the slain NYPD Officer executed in retaliation for the death of Eric Garner, tensions between the NYPD and Mayor Bill De Blasio took center stage when thousands of NYPD officers turned their backs on the Mayor during his “condolences” speech.

CNN reports:

Mayor de Blasio, for his part, got up and talked about extending his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the 8.4 million New Yorkers out there. I can tell you outside here in an episode of just how tough a job the mayor has in the weeks ahead, hundreds of police officers turned their backs on the screens, on the church as he spoke. Some in ones and twos right behind us. 

A very large number, perhaps in the thousands number of police officers, turning their backs on the mayor. Just in front of us is a sign that says ‘God bless the NYPD.’ And just below it another sign attached that says ‘Dump De Blasio.’

This does not mark the first time NYPD officers have turned their backs on De Blasio and has become a recurring theme of protest after the Mayor spoke disparagingly of the department when a grand jury eschewed indictment in the Eric Garner case. On Friday, tensions between the two offices reached literal new heights when an airplane flew a banner over the Hudson River proclaiming “De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You.”

According to Breitbart, De Blasio arrived to the funeral two hours late

“De Blasio arrived only a short time before the service ended,” reported Breitbart. “He arrived around 9 PM to the wake, which started at 7 PM—so late that many assumed he had decided to skip the service, and some early news reports had said he did not attend.”  

On top of that anonymous Police have paid for a banner to be flown over the city sending a message to de Blasio.


The feud between the New York’s finest and City’s mayor has reached new heights—literally. At approximately 8:50 am on Friday, an airplane flew a banner proclaiming “De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You” flew up the Hudson River.

Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, said the people responsible for the banner “want to remain anonymous.” But former cop John Cardillo wrote that a “large and unified group of current and retired NYC police officers, detectives, & supervisors” wanted him to post the following statement once the banner was aloft:

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.

Aucklanders would do well to learn from the NYPD turn their backs on Len Brown.


– Truth Revolt

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.