Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and current police commissioner Bill Bratton agreed that police officers’ turning their backs at a funeral for recently slain officer Rafael Ramos on Saturday was the wrong thing to do.
In separate interviews this morning, Bratton said the gesture was “very inappropriate” and Giuliani said, “I don’t support it.” “Doesn’t matter if you like the mayor or you hate the mayor, you have to respect the mayor’s position,” Giuliani said.
The commissioner did, however, sympathize with his discontented cops. The back-turning incident “is reflective unfortunately of the feelings of some of our officers, at this juncture, about not just the mayor, but I think about some of the many issues afflicting the city at this time and this police department,” he said. Bratton noted that he feels de Blasio is fully supportive of the NYPD and the mayor has allocated tens of millions of dollars in new funding for officer safety.
Giuliani criticized some of the more heated anti–de Blasio rhetoric: “Has the police union gone overboard? Yes. To suggest that [the mayor] is responsible for the murder [of the two dead NYPD officers],” as the one union chief did, “that’s a terrible thing to suggest about the mayor.”