New York Mayor Bill De Blasio is not providing "any kind of leadership" after he went to Germany to protest President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit the day after a police officer was killed, according to the head of the New York Police Department sergeants union.
"We're not seeing any kind of leadership that comes out and explains … that the police are not your enemy, the police are not killing African-Americans in alarming numbers the way everyone thinks," Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said Sunday on "The Cats Roundtable."
Officer Miosotis Familia was shot and killed Wednesday morning while sitting in a police vehicle in the Bronx.
Mullins called on officials to change the tone that he says is "anti-police."
"We have to change the rhetoric that exists, we have to get our political officials to stand and say this is not what is going to occur," he said.
Mullins questioned whether de Blasio leaving the city could be part of the issue. "The question is, is he a leader?
"New York City is right now mourning the loss of a police officer who was dedicated to the city of New York, and we have our mayor, who has just gone to Germany to join protesters. Is this the stuff that contributes to this type of atmosphere?
"Assassinations (of police) are something that are very difficult to stop, but what we can do to make a difference is to kill the atmosphere that has been created across this country and in the city of New York. We have a very anti-police atmosphere that is based on inaccurate facts and lies," he said.
The public is not giving police the support they need, according to Mullins.
"They're going to start to see a police department that backs away … and I don't think, deep down inside, that's what any of us really want. But unless the support is there, I see this pendulum swinging in a very, very bad direction."
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