The bitter relationship between the New York Police Department (NYPD) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to grow.

The Police Benevolent Association, the NYPD union, voted no confidence in de Blasio and Commissioner James O’Neill due to the firing of Daniel Pantaleo. He is the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner back in 2014.

O’Neill fired Pantealeo “after he faced disciplinary charges for recklessly using force by chokehold and intentional strangulation in connection with Mr. Garner’s death.”

The presiding judge in Pantaleo’s disciplinary hearing recommended O’Neill fire him.

The NYPD also confirmed its “officers had been making fewer arrests since” O’Neill fired Pantaleo.” The union did not “officially” tell officers to make fewer arrests. They did not comment on the situation.

From NBC New York:

The 379 NYC PBA delegates unanimously approved the resolutions at the PBA’s 125th Annual Convention in Albany Wednesday.

“Today’s votes are an unequivocal indictment of our failed leaders in City Hall and 1 Police Plaza. For years, Mayor de Blasio has demonized police officers and undermined our efforts to protect our city. For years, Commissioner O’Neill has cravenly acquiesced to the Mayor and his anti-cop allies,” PBA President Pat Lynch said in a statement.

Meanwhile in a statement the NYPD said: “The dedicated women and men of the NYPD are out there each and every day, serving the public proudly and keeping the city safe. The Department stands with its officers, and will always support them and the brave work that they do. As the Police Commissioner has said before, his heart and soul are with the NYPD, and he is honored to lead this Department as it continues to drive crime to historically low levels.”

Lynch also said “O’Neill’s unjust termination of P.O. Daniel Pantaleo was merely the final straw: both men have displayed an appalling pattern of malfeasance and nonfeasance that disqualifies them from continuing to serve in their current offices.”

Lynch accused O’Neill and de Blasio of basing their decision on Pantaleo “on the politics” instead of the facts. He described “the events that unfolded in 2014 as ‘not a crime’ but a ‘chaotic situation.'”

De Blasio’s office blasted the union:

De Blasio’s office was quick to dismiss the PBA vote as another attempt to “divide our city.”

“We won’t stand for it,” a mayoral spokesperson said. “Under this mayor and Police Commissioner, our officers and the communities they serve are closer than ever and the city is the safest it’s ever been. That isn’t changing.”

The NYPD and residents of New York City have long grown tired of de Blasio. He rarely stays in the city as he runs for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

NYPD officers traveled to Detroit, MI, for the second Democratic debate. They stood outside in an effort “to convince our mayor to come back to the city and do the job he ran for rather than quit and start

A source told The New York Daily News on August 4 that “de Blasio ordered the NYPD Executive Protection to move his daughter out of her apartment.” The source described the situation as “abuse of city resourced.”

De Blasio and Lynch have received criticism on inaction as officers continue to commit suicide. After nine cops killed themselves (the latest last week) de Blasio finally spoke up. He promised more mental health options for officers.

Residents posted “missing” de Blasio posters around the city since he has traveled to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Caroline on the campaign trail.

 
 
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