Faulkner: De Blasio Needs to Step Up and Apologize to Police
For the second time in just over a week, NYPD officers turned their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
At the funeral on Sunday for Officer Wenjian Liu - who was killed in an ambush along with his partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, last month - de Blasio delivered a eulogy. As he spoke, thousands of officers turned away from him.
This happens even after de Blasio met with police union leaders last week and after Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sent a memo asking officers not to turn their backs on de Blasio, as they did at Ramos' funeral on Dec. 27.
On "Outnumbered" today, Andrea Tantaros said, "Police are very smart. They get who has their backs and they get who doesn't. And from day one, Bill de Blasio ran on an anti-cop platform."
"The sadness and the anger by the police [is] not going to be fixed by a speech or a eulogy any time soon," she said.
"I think an apology would help, though," Harris Faulkner said. "The whole nation, the whole world is watching this city deal with this right now, because we're supposed to get it right. We're New York."
"This is more than just about the mayor of New York repairing his good name and his relationship with the police," Faulkner said. "That matters to every jurisdiction across America where there are police put in dangerous positions and where they're having problems ... It matters that we get this right."
"The mayor needs to step up today and say 'I'm sorry if it looked like I didn't back the people that keep us safe every day. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have done that.'"
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