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The Call Blog: Sergeants Union Says City "Lurching Backwards To The Bad Old Days"

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Did the SBA pay thousands of dollars to misrepresent the truth? Or did the Mayor simply dismiss their serious claims? Politics. It's a heck of a game.



In a full-page newspaper ad today, the union representing police sergeants said New York City is "lurching backwards to the bad old days of high crime, danger-infested public spaces, and families that walk our streets worried for their safety." The open letter from the Sergeants Benevolent Association cited "the degradation of our city streets" as one of the reasons the Democratic National Convention should not come to Brooklyn in 2016.

The SBA also sharply criticized Mayor de Blasio's leadership, saying he "has not earned the right to play host" to the DNC. It comes just weeks after Mayor de Blasio and other City officials conducted a tour of Brooklyn to convince committee officials to pick the borough for the 2016 convention. Union leaders accuse de Blasio of using police as "pawns to be moved around a political chessboard." The Mayor responded by calling the ad "irresponsible," "fear-mongering," and "clearly an effort to advance their position in terms of their contract talks." What do you say?

Do you agree that New York City is "lurching backwards" to a time when many New Yorkers felt unsafe? Is today's newspaper ad "irresponsible" or a genuine assessment of the state of living here? Should the DNC come to the Barclays Center in 2016? Do you agree with the SBA that the "NYPD is understaffed, overworked, and underpaid?"

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I don't know about "lurching", but I am beginning to feel unsafe on the streets. However, the people who are scaring me are the police and not my neighbors.

How have things changed? When I was a teenager some 40 years ago, an officer reprimanded me for cursing on the street. Well times have changed. A few years ago, my 82 year old father-in-law was crossing a street with the light. A police car wanted to turn illegally and got angry at my father-in-law for crossing too slowly. On the car loud speaker, an officer yelled at my father-in-law, "Get moving, you old F***." Times have changed and it seems the idea of entitlement for the police has grown way out of safe proportions. How about returning to the days where there was a real consideration for citizens no matter what their race, creed or age might be? For respect, you have to earn it and today's police officers are not garnering my respect. They are disillusioned if they believe they have not tarnished their calling.

Larry
Astoria, NY



Cops wouldn't have to feel demoralized if the good cops on the force showed no hesitation to expose and remove the bad cops. They know that bad cops are amongst them. Yet, they deny it and do nothing. They know who the bad cops are. Yet, they deny it and do nothing. This is becoming exposed more & more. And now the Seargent's Union cries cops are demoralized. Poor babies. Well, expose and remove the bad cops. Watch how fast all communities will rally behind police when they stop covering up what EVERYBODY knows is true. Their denial continues to prove community distrust is valid.

Adio
Far Rockaway



John,

NYC is lurching backwards to an era of increasingly fascist government regulation imposed on us and enforced by a command force of rogue cops.

Joe
Port Richmond, SI



I say that these men and women know whereof they speak, and it's the mayor who has been dishonest and irresponsible.

Bruce
Upper West Side
Manhattan



Hi John

The DNC should come to the Barclays Center in 2016 because it will generate money for the city in a big way, The SBA and PBA unions are mad because Mayor Diblasio wasn't on their side when Mr Garner was murdered by officer 99 the NYPD isn't underpaid understaffed and overworked, the cops that are racist need to be suspended if they don't know how to treat minority people. I feel safe in the city NYC isn't lurching backwards, Mayor Diblasio is taking the city in the right direction he cares about all the citizens of NYC not just the rich.

Herman
Upper west side



Hi John,

This mayor and his whole administration are in denial about everything. For the mayor to think that we are not going backwards is ridiculous. It's obvious since we hear about crimes every day in the Bronx where I live. The mayor doesn't get his priorities straight and a good example is why is this mayor pushing so hard to get the convention to come to Brooklyn, Haven't they suffered enough. They were promised relocation with their housing and if you will the sun the moon and the stars and they get in plain English screwed again as always. Why does this city council insist on just naming streets. Do something for goodness sakes,

Thank you John,
maxxiee
mp



The case of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer, continues to make headlines weeks after the incident sparked riots and outrage in Ferguson, Missouri, and prompted a national debate.

Meanwhile, the case of Dillon Taylor, an unarmed, white 20-year-old shot and killed by a black policeman outside a 7-Eleven in Utah has received virtually no media coverage beyond local news reports.

The negligible coverage of the Taylor case by the mainstream media prompted many conservative critics to address the racial double standard. The Washington Times reports: "Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh blamed the discrepancy between the two cases on 'the liberal world view' that portrays whites as oppressors and blacks as victims."

Roscoe,
Park Hill



Hi John;

The SBA isn't fear mongering; crime is on the rise in NYC. Police don't want to do anything and who can blame them? Why should good police officers go out of their way only to be personally sued by the public?

More important is the lack of attention being paid to Counter Terrorism. The bridges have been breached three times in the last month. Where is the Police Commissioner and his Anti-Terror czar? I don't think anyone is watching the store.

Kate
Midtown East
Retired NYPD



NO TO THE DNC IN NYC. TAKE IT YO MOHEGAN SUN

From Bruno of Howard Beach.



It is clear the SBA leader is attempting to pay DeBlasio back! If he so demoralized please retire! This is the kind of police personnel we don’t need. He is paid well to do his job. DO IT!!

Crystal- Red Hook



The bottom line is that if the police feel that they are incapable of doing their job for whatever reason then give them a chance to quit or fire them, ... Do they not know that we taxpaying NYer's, pay their salary., pension, and benefits? That they work for the PUBLIC, the public doesn't work for them. The problem with them is that they believe they are "indispensable"; there will always be someone ready to replace them....

Ken
Harlem



I bet this Mr. Mullins does not live in NYC. When was the last time he stepped foot in Brooklyn. I grew up in the 70's NYC and this is a different city. Looks more like Boston. It's a joke that crime is anywhere near what it was years ago.

In reference to pay raises there is now way they are going to be able to pay the pensions promised in these contracts. This comment was pure politics but to take such a direct letter and send it so the city doesn't get all that doe is certainly not in the interest of NYC.

Kenny
Jackson Hts.



The remarks were ignorant and short sighted. The cops all get overtime for every extra minute they work, so they should hope the DNC comes here.

Tom in Forest Hills



Mayor deblasio will be exposed as the ultra liberal that he is.i agree with Sargent Mullins 100 percent.

Joe



Another excuse from the NYPD. They have the means to protect the Democratic Convention! Why are they really backing out? If it was the Republicans, they would be there protecting them in mass.

Mike from Morningside



How would bringing the convention to NYC bring any economic benefit? The security costs alone would be prohibitive. And imagine containing all of the huge protests that would surely appear. Recall the Occupy Wall Street protests and the huge amount of litigation fees we were forced to pay and are still paying. NYC has all to do to knock down the current spike in crime and keep our city safe. I say give it to Philadelphia who could use some love and attention.

Steve
Forest Hills



Yes the is going backwards and crime is going up Stop and frisk should have ben modified but not stopped unfortunately the gun carrying indiviuals are minorities sad but true i feel that if u have nothing to hide then there should be no problem if you get stopped Mayor Deblasio i give him four years and he is voted out

Efrain
Carroll Gardens



Since the world trade center bombings new york has steered clear Of any catastrophe. This is political fear mongering at its best.this is about the police not having a green light to violate peoples civil rights on a day to day basis.

Omar
Far Rockaway



Maybe if the nypd is stretched so thin, they should take some time away from ticketing cyclists for running red lights with no oncoming traffic or pedestrians. If they have time for that nonsense, they aren't stretched too thin.

David in Bay Ridge



Still trying to get over the shock of a police officer UNION LEADER saying that our city isn't "safe enough" for the DNC convention to come to Brooklyn.

Well, Mr. Mullins, exactly WHOSE job is it to protect the citizens , and to make sure that the law and safety of those conventioneers ( as well as the rest of us) is upheld?

Ta-da- the POLICE! Basically, it appears to me that Mr. Mullins is playing politics here, and fomenting fear ( at the expense of his own members by calling them "incompetent basically") to keep the DNC out of Brooklyn.

I wonder if he would be saying these things if the RNC were planning to have their convention there?

Susan



With the professionalism, decorum, and maturity shown by the SBA, I wouldn't be surprised if they all threaten to hold their breath until everyone loves them again.

J
Flushing



SBA PRESIDENT HAS A HISTORY OF MAKING IRRESPONSIBLE STATEMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE,THE SBA PRES. WAS AN EARLY ENDORSER OF PRES. CANDIDATE MITCH ROMNEY;CLAIMING ROMNEY WAS GOING TO DO SOMETHING FOR NEW YORK WORKERS DESPITE A DEVOTION TO VULTURE CAPITALISM. ROMNEY's CONTEMPT FOR UNIONS IN GENERAL AND SUPPORT FOR RIGHT TO WORK LAWS APPEARS TO BE OF NO CONCERN TO THE SBA PRES.

NYC DIDN'T GO FROM BEING THE SO CALLED SAFEST BIG CITY TO BEING SO SCARY THAT HIPSTERS ARE BUYING UP PROPERTY TO THE TUNE OF TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!!

THANKYOU!
A.H.



Why is the police officer afraid of cameras? Wh at has he got to hide? And the police continue to say morale is low. Why? Because you can't use illegal acts on minorities? As for thankless, heartfelt thanks to all the brave, respectful, non-racist police who keep me and my family safe!

Diahann



The police union knows it's being irresponsible to make the claim it has. Good thing is most people see through it.

A.S.


I agree with the SBA! Mayor De Bladio is worried that if NYC looks bad pertaining to Crime! The DNC won't happen! I work with cops they are spread thin ! This weekend most of them have to work overtime because of the shootings in Brooklyn. Monday is the West Indian Parade! We are not Safe!

Rebecca
Staten Island



I would like to see the police patrolling the streets and SMILING at local residents and business owners and making real social contact with the neighborhood.

Ron in Harlem



Under the Bloomberg Administration we completely lost the city's jails, I hope under our new administration we do not lose the city. I just thank god that the PBA, & the Sergeants union have good presidents that fight hard for their members.

Cantone M.



I believe the statements made by the sergeant's union was irresponsible and a cheap shot. They are doing their union members a disservice. If your Not a mayor like Giuliani or Bloomberg who never stood by the victims of police brutality even when it was blatant and even in the very few occasions when they are found wrong ex: officer Livotti in killing Anthony Baez. Giuliani still defended him. Notice the difference in how they gently handled the person illegally on top of the Bklyn. Bridge. If he had a darker complexion. What do you think would have happened. Police policies where innocent citizens are victimized should be critiqued and changed.

Denis
Manhattan

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