de Blasio Heckled At Police Graduation
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was heckled as he stood on state at a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony.
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]The 884 new police officers sat stoically in their seats when de Blasio was introduced to speak and many in the audience tepidly cheered. But boos could be heard from some in the crowd in the seats reserved for cadets’ family and friends.
About a dozen or so people in the stands stood with their backs turned to de Blasio, emulating the searing pose of disrespect that hundreds of officers struck at Officer Rafael Ramos’ funeral on Saturday. Some appeared to be in uniform but it was unclear if they were members of the New York Police Department.
De Blasio, a Democrat elected last year on the promises of keeping crime low while reforming the NYPD, effusively praised the new officers.
“It takes a special kind of person to put their lives on the line for others – to stare down the danger,” he said. “Because that’s what you will do. You will stare down the danger. You will keep the peace.”
He continued: “You will confront all the problems that plague our society – problems that you didn’t create.”
But as he drew a breath to continue, a shout could be heard from the crowd: “You did!”
That heckle was met with laughter and some applause from the crowd and briefly flustered de Blasio, who had been speaking at a quicker-than-normal pace, seemingly to eliminate any pauses that could have been filled with boos.
But he continued praising the officers and received polite applause when he finished speaking, though the cheers were not as loud as the ones that followed for Police Commissioner William Bratton. The ceremony also included several tributes to the fallen officers, Ramos and Wenjian Liu.