The police fascism in New York is still ongoing. Yesterday at the funeral of Rafael Ramos it was on display again.
While mourners inside the church applauded politely as Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke, hundreds of officers outside turned their backs on him to protest what they see as his support for demonstrators angry over killings by police.
They’re “protesting” against civilian and democratic authority over the police, and that’s fascism. When the police get to call the shots, that’s a police state.
Sgt. Myron Joseph of the New Rochelle Police Department said he and fellow officers turned their backs spontaneously to “support our brothers in the NYPD.”
They need to stop doing that.
A block from the church, retired NYPD Officer John Mangan held a sign that read: “God Bless the NYPD. Dump de Blasio.”
No police department can or should be treated as beyond criticism. Cops can screw up. Individual cops can be flawed. Whole police departments can be infected with bad attitudes toward the people they work among. The self-pity and tribalism need to stop.