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Embattled NYC Mayor De Blasio Now Wants People to Call 911

December 23, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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Mayor de Blasio has finally denounced violent rhetoric against the NYPD and urge New Yorkers to “call 911” if they suspect someone knows information about any planned attack on police officers.

De Blasio has gone to great lengths to defend the First Amendment rights of protesters who’s shouted derogatory chants at the NYPD, including comparing them with the KKK and were videotaped chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

Then video tape surfaced showing two police officers being assaulted by demonstrators, Di Blasio responded by saying, it was an “alleged attack” despite clear video evidence.
However, Saturday’s execution style slayings of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu,  has the mayor back peddling and had him striking a different tone on Monday.

“Copycat threats” warning of similar attacks needed “to be taken very seriously. “I just want to emphasize that the simplest thing any New Yorker can do is call 911,” de Blasio said at a news conference at Police Headquarters.
He continued: “If you hear someone make a physical threat against a police officer, if you see something on social media that is a threat against a police officer, call 911 immediately.”

“We would much rather get too much information than too little,” the mayor added.

The Mayor then turned around and blamed the media for inciting tensions between the police and his office.

Di Blasio said: “We’ve talk about this so many times and I’m not going to talk about it again. And now the question now is, what are you guys going to do?”

“What are you guys going to do? Are you going to keep dividing us? I’m not talking about every single one of you, but let’s get real. Just in that question. 25,000 people marched down one of our streets a few days back, absolutely peaceful, no chants like that, peacefully calling for what they believed in as American citizens, and the NYPD protected them, and I told people at the time, I said it repeatedly, I got calls from all over this country with admiration for the NYPD for the way it protected people’s democratic rights.

I heard from some of the protesters who appreciated the NYPD. I heard from NYPD officers and leaders who said they saw peaceful protests, respectful protests. What you managed to do is pull up the few who do not represent the majority, who are saying unacceptable things, who shouldn’t be saying those things, and they — some who actually physically attacked police officers, which I’ve said is absolutely unacceptable. We will prosecute them to the fullest. Everyone must participate in finding those individuals, providing information to police, intervening to stop them, alerting the police. I will keep saying this over and over, and the question is, will you tell the world about it? Because you all are part of this, too.

So, yes, there some bad people who say inappropriate things. There’s some people who say hateful things. They have no place in these protests. They are not what I’m talking about. I am talking about, excuse me, I am talking about the vast majority of New Yorkers like the vast majority of Americans who believe in peaceful democratic process. I don’t care where they are in the political spectrum. The vast majority of our citizens are good and decent people who do not say negative things, racist things, nasty things to police, threatening things to police.

The few who want conflict, attempt that, and unfortunately so many times you guys enable that. I don’t see reports on the many decent, good people. I don’t see reports on the everyday cops who do the exemplary thing and hold the line and show restraint and discipline no matter what invective is hurled at them.

Di Blasio also called for a suspension of anti-police protests until after the cops’ funerals.

However, activist groups in New York City have rejected a call by Mayor Bill de Blasio to hold off on any new demonstrations until after the funerals of two NYPD officers who were ambushed and murdered Saturday in Brooklyn.

The killings have raised tensions between police, City Hall, and protesters who have staged regular demonstrations since a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict an officer earlier this month in connection with the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. Amateur video appeared to show the officer putting Garner in a chokehold while questioning him over the sale of untaxed cigarettes.

“We are in a very difficult moment. Our focus has to be on these families,” de Blasio said Monday at police headquarters. “I think it’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in all due time.”

However, the Rev. Al Sharpton told Reuters late Monday that de Blasio’s request was too “ill-defined” to heed.

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