New York City’s police commissioner says it was “very inappropriate” for officers to turn their backs on the mayor in a sign of disrespect as he spoke at a slain officer’s funeral.
Commissioner William Bratton appeared Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and defended Mayor Bill de Blasio. He says de Blasio is “totally supportive” of officers.
On Saturday, hundreds of police officers standing outside the church where Officer Rafael Ramos’ funeral was held turned their backs as de Blasio eulogized him.
Ramos and his partner were shot and killed a week ago in a brazen daylight attack on their patrol car. The mayor has been portrayed by some critics as too supportive of protesters who have been criticizing police.
The tensions go far beyond race relations in the city, Bratton said.
“They really do feel under attack, rank-and-file officers and much of American police leadership,” Bratton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. “They feel that they are under attack from the federal government at the highest levels.”
Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani also denounced the protest.
“It doesn’t matter if you like the mayor or don’t like the mayor; you have to respect the mayor’s position. I don’t support that,” Giuliani, who was mayor from 1994 to 2002, said on CBS.