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De Blasio Booed at Police Graduation Ceremony

The rift between New York Police Department and Bill de Blasio continued on Monday as the mayor faced a series of boos and heckles as he took the stage at a graduation ceremony for new officers at Madison Square Garden. The recent episode is the latest in the feud between de Blasio and the NYPD, in which officers have turned their back to the mayor at a number of public appearances.

Tension between the two became most apparent when de Blasio was jeered, in which he told the new graduates that “you’ll confront all the problems that plague our society, problems that you didn’t create.” According to a local CBS affiliate, a member of the audience fired back and shouted “You did!” to the mayor, which drew a round of applause.

The New York Post reports that some in the crowd shouted “traitor” at de Blasio.

The NYPD has been at odds with de Blasio, who the department blames for creating an anti-cop environment in the aftermath of a number of high-profile deaths involving police officers.

Watch de Blasio’s full remarks below


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