Lynch: Leaders Like De Blasio 'Stirring the Pot' Make Cops' Jobs Even Harder
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, joined Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" tonight to weigh in on the situation in New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio's controversial comments about the rift between black males and law enforcement officers.
Lynch helped represent and provided legal counsel for NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was recently not indicted by a Staten Island grand jury in the death of Eric Garner.
Lynch said that Garner resisted arrest, which led to a struggle, which led to a tragedy.
"It's not about racism. It's about your behavior. It's about what you are doing and what the community is calling the police about," he said.
He added that the NYPD is the most diverse in the country and responds to all communities, and citizens should explain to their children that they should be afraid of criminals, not the police.
Megyn noted recent warnings that NYPD officers should wear their vests and carry their firearms, even off-duty, for protection from targeted attacks.
Lynch said it's always difficult to be a New York City cop, but now, when leaders are "stirring the pot," it's even harder.
"They should be leaders in bringing people together, not separating and dividing ... Mayor de Blasio is saying to young people, 'You should be afraid of the police.' Meanwhile, he's surrounded by New York City police officers protecting him and his family."
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