Sergeants are speaking for the officers in blue. The head of the NYPD’s sergeants’ union should face “consequences” for tweets “declaring war” on City Hall following the shootings of two cops, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. “I have to say it’s sad when someone feels they can be openly divisive and get away with it,” de Blasio told reporters in Albany, where he’s visiting for the state legislative budget hearing. “I think there should be consequences for that kind of speech,” he added.
Hizzoner was responding to tweets sent by the Sergeants’ Benevolent Association on Sunday in the wake of twin shootings — allegedly by the same career criminal, Robert Williams — that left two Bronx cops wounded. “Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!” the union wrote in one message. “We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals.”
Hizzoner on Monday fired back at the SBA and the union’s president, Ed Mullins. “It’s absolutely inappropriate. I was disgusted by it,” he said, echoing a sentiment voiced earlier Monday by NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. “To see him [Mullins] try to foment hatred and division — literally try to make the situation worse — it’s dangerous.” While saying that Mullins should face consequences, he declined to elaborate when asked what that should entail. “I would tell you that [for] hateful, divisive speech like that there should be consequences,” said de Blasio. “I’m not an expert in this field, I’m only saying there should be consequences.”