Respect for the Mayor of New York City has been sorely lacking since the killing of two police officers by a troubled black man. The crime was no more inspired by the atmosphere than the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords by the poisoned rhetoric against Barack Obama.
Yes, the Mayor did speak out about the protests and the strained relationship among the police and young black men, and he did share a talk he had with his biracial son to be careful to follow their commands. But he has also praised police officers on multiple occasions, something some officers seem to have forgotten after this tragic death.
It’s way past time for the rhetoric to cool down on all sides, and the Mayor’s call for a temporary halt to the protests is well taken. The police union in particular must realize the Mayor is their ultimate boss as they get their paycheck from the City Hall they have been so quick to denounce.
Our attention at this time should really be focused on the grieving families and any way we can assist them during their period of mourning. The deaths were so unnecessary, and that’s part of the tragedy as well. We need to realize that everyone in this schism is a human being and not just a statistic or member of an aggrieved demographic group.