Critics are calling out New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his stance toward the NYPD. In the New York Post, columnist Michael Goodwin accused the mayor of "smears" against police officers.


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Less than an hour after two federal marshals and a city cop were wounded in a gunfight with a fugitive sexual predator, the mayor repeated many of his slanders of the NYPD. To say his timing was bad understates his boorish elitism toward the dangerous work of policing.

“For much of the previous 12 years, there was a growing tension and a growing disconnect between police and community all over our city,” de Blasio said, unprompted, at a Monday news conference. “This administration came into office with a commitment to ending the broken policy of stop-and-frisk, the overuse of stop-and-frisk, the unconstitutional use of stop-and-frisk. We settled the related lawsuit and we changed the practice on the ground, and the numbers speak for themselves.”

Which numbers would that be? That shootings are up by about 10 percent?

The tone-deafness is breathtaking when you consider that the mayor, joined by top cop Bill Bratton, began by referring to the fresh shootout in the West Village.

He said, “It appears that the injuries to the officers are not life-threatening, but we are waiting for more information.”

Imagine, for argument’s sake, that it was one of the heroic officers who died, instead of the perp, as the mayor was demonizing cops. His willingness to take that chance shows where his heart is. Hint: It’s not with those who risk their lives to keep us safe.

The speech from de Blasio came amid tensions in the city over the death of a Staten Island man who was put in a chokehold by an officer during an arrest.

On Fox and Friends this morning, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended the NYPD and hit back at de Blasio and other harsh critics of the NYPD.

"It's the ignorance of the left. The idea that if you enforce the law you're really harming and hurting people," he said, explaining that "stop and frisk" policies were a tough decision made by his administration, not Michael Bloomberg.

Amid an effort to roll back those policies by the new administration, the city is seeing more shootings.

"We had the courage to take tough action that The New York Times routinely condemns. That was 20 years ago. Those thousands of people would not be alive today if we had succumbed to political correctness," said Giuliani, adding that the left routinely fails to mention that higher crime rates impact the poor and minorities the most.

He pointed back to when he came into office and the city was on the cover of Time Magazine as the crime capital of the world.

"This thing started 20 years ago. I'd like to take him back to what the city was like 20 years ago. How about 1,900 murders 20 years ago? 22 years ago when the administration he worked in, the David Dinkins administration, there were 2,200 murders. 2,200 murders! Last year, about 340. 2,200 murders is more than Iraq," said Giuliani.

Watch his comments above and let us know your thoughts.


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Watch more from Giuliani below, including his reaction to Lois Lerner referring to conservatives as "crazies" in newly released emails. He also responded to the president laughing off a lawsuit by the House for his use of executive actions.