Sunday, January 18, 2015

The espoused bigotry and criminality of Pat Lynch

The following is from The New York Review of Books, Feb. 5, 2015 written by Michael Greenberg.

"Pat Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), which represents the 23,000 New York City officers below the rank of sergeant, went after Mayor Bill de Blasio. He said:
The mayor’s hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a “wartime” police department.
Some of this was theater, a political game. Lynch had been attacking de Blasio for months; the PBA is in the midst of contract negotiations with the city and his message to the mayor, in part, may have been: “If you want me off your back, give us the contract we’re demanding.”
But there seemed to be more to it. Many cops are worried that, in the age of cell phones, mounted surveillance cameras, and now body cameras pinned to their uniforms, they are vulnerable to legal action for doing what they have always done—and have been taught to do—on the job. From their point of view, protesters and liberal officials were on a mission to turn the enforcers of order into potential criminals; rank-and-file patrolmen would be the ones to get sacked, publicly shamed, and even go to jail. In this sense, another message Lynch was sending about the murder of Officers Ramos and Liu was: “You see why we shoot before we ask questions with these people? Just leave us alone and let us do our job.”
 We must ask several questions about these statements of the President of the PBA: You seriously say out loud to the people of New York that "...we shoot first before we ask questions with these people?" So you advocate that New York policemen shoot people before they even talk to them? Isn't that the definition of murder? To just shoot people down in the street? What kind of man, let alone policeman, being paid by the people of New York City is this ignorant of law, morality, and police responsibility?
We must also ask who "these people" that "we shoot" are? But we know the answer. They are the profiled black, underprivileged Latino,  struggling  white CITIZENS of New York, guaranteed life,  liberty, and justice by the Constitution. This openly stated bigotry completely disqualifies this man from public service. He is a man with obvious problems with "THESE PEOPLE" and disqualified himself, publicly, from public service. The mayor, the Governor, and City Counsel should immediately remove this man from the police force. He is a self-exposed danger to law and order. "...we shoot before we ask questions of these people.." Criminal. Just criminal.  

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