Emails and Racist Chats Show How Cops and GOP Are Teaming Up to Undermine De Blasio
Blumenthal gives us a preview of what we could potentially see in 2015 from Giuliani and the police union lobbies. Don’t even think that the #turnyourback thing is organic, dreamed up by the rank and file NYPD, because it is not. It’s organized, it’s financed, and it is wholly political. Underneath it is a steaming pile of reactionary racist pushback against human rights.
Rights are not RIGHTS when individual Police officers get to decide who has them and who does not - an offense against one person’s rights, no matter the cause or rationalization, is an offense against your rights.
When hundreds of cops from around the country and as far away as Canada turned their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos, the NYPD officer shot to death alongside his partner Wenjian Liu by a deranged gunman, they fired the first salvo in a carefully coordinated political operation aimed at discrediting the liberal mayor and shattering the ongoing anti-police brutality protest movement.
AlterNet has obtained emails revealing plans to organize a series of anti-de Blasio protests around the city until the summer of 2015. Billed as a non-partisan movement in support of “the men and women of the NYPD,” the protests are being orchestrated by a cast of NYPD union bosses and local Republican activists allied with Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor who recently called on de Blasio to “say you’re sorry to [NYPD officers] for having created a false impression of them.” The first rally is planned to take place at Queens Borough Hall at noon on January 13.
Joe Concannon, a failed Republican State Senate candidate and current president of the Tea Party-aligned Queens Village Republican Club, is the main organizer of the burgeoning anti-de Blasio protest effort. The retired NYPD captain and former Giuliani advisor is a close ally of Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch. Lynch generated national headlines — and cheers from rank and file cops — when he claimed that de Blasio “has blood on [his] hands” just hours after Ismaaiyl Brinsley murdered Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
Digby’s take: nblo.gs