I have no concern about being fired by this mayor at this time.”
— Retiring New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, shortly before he was fired by his mayor because of pressure from extremists
Meanwhile . . . in other news outside of Planet Trump….
Last month, New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton made the unforgivable mistake of exercising his constitutional right to express an honest opinion when he said this in a radio interview:
“Unlike the civil rights movement, which focused on the broad needs of desegregation and a segregated country, the needs of jobs, the needs of voting rights, the needs of education, the Black Lives Matter movement has focused entirely on police, and is not engaging in dialogue, instead engaging in protests where there’s a lot of yelling and screaming.
“Yelling and screaming doesn’t resolve anything, doesn’t solve anything. And getting into the face of police officers manning those lines, trying to protect those demonstrators, trying to protect the lives of people, trying to protect their rights to demonstrate, and standing there yelling and screaming at them, that accomplishes nothing. Nothing.”
Commissioner Bratton also had the audacity to describe the BLM movement as “leaderless,” oblivious to the natural fact that BLM and other black and Latino protesters are above criticism, no matter how outrageously ludicrous they get. (They’re sort of like Trump that way–above criticism, or so many of them seem to think.)
Because of that (outrageous???) opinion expressed by the Police Commish–who may be a trifle frustrated by his cops being pelted with shouts of “F— the Police” every day from protesters incapable of dealing with their often justifiable anger in anything like a thoughtful way–his boss the Mayor caved in to a small mob, pronto.
This is the sort of mob mentality that undermines whatever credibility the Black Lives Matter and affiliated protest groups so much need–and that BLM leaders seem reluctant to denounce with full-throated condemnations.
I urge you to read these excerpts from a Guardian newspaper article about the fallout from the Commissioner’s words and actions that led to his firing:
Protesters in New York City began occupying the park next to city hall in Manhattan on Monday, declaring they would not leave until police commissioner Bill Bratton was fired.
Organized by Millions March NYC, a group affiliated with Black Lives Matter movement, the #ShutDownCityHallNYC protest has been inspired by protesters setting up encampments in public spaces in Chicago and Los Angeles to fight for the abolition of the police.
“We are planning an encampment,” said Nabil Hassein, a 27-year-old Millions March NYC organizer from Crown Heights, Brooklyn. “I’m going to stay as long as I can.”
“We’re here to decolonialize and to liberate our territory and our land from these racist occupiers,” said Vienna Rye, another organizer from Millions March NYC.
There are three specific immediate demands the protesters are calling for:
— The termination of Bratton as police chief and the end to broken windows policing.
— The NYPD getting defunded and that money being put into black, brown and working class communities.
— Reparations paid to the victims and the families of police violence.
Josmar Trujillo, 34, an activist from New Yorkers Against Bratton, says mayor Bill de Blasio is a “crooked ass fake liberal” in his support of Bratton. Trujillo carried a sign with a photo of the commissioner, with the words “wanted … for crimes against humanity” typed across the top.
Trujullo spoke of how Bratton was “the supercop of America” but that the movement wasn’t just about him, it was about the wider NYPD and all police.
“’Cause blue lives have always fucking mattered in this city,” said Trujillo, to cheers from the audience.”
Not exactly the way you win friends and influence people, although you obviously can influence a weak New York mayor who with talk of abolishing your police department.
Good going, Mayor.
Another protester said they didn’t negotiate their camp-in protests with police or city officials because “we don’t negotiate with terrorists.”
However good, bad or awful the Commissioner’s crackdown on vandalism may have been–however checkered his career may have been–the spineless New York Mayor’s prompt acquiescence to a mob makes him the mayor the poster boy for Political Correctness.
Mind you, I detest the way that people (mobsters?) like Trump and his most extreme Trump cultists constantly use “Political Correctness” as a shield they wield with the sword they use in cutting down anyone who dares to criticize them for their total lack of common decency.
But there is such a thing as idiotic “political correctness.”
And while I’m not a big fan of “Politically Incorrect” comic and big-time liberal Bill Maher, I do applaud his courage in pushing back at every turn on leftists who chill free speech and expression at every turn with what is authentic P.C. thought.
Good luck to the next NY PD Commissioner who will have to lead the Blue from an even hotter p.c. pressure cooker.
And another here.
and then draw your own opinion.