Yesterday, I watched as much of the funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos as I could. It was a moving and fitting tribute. The media came out of the woodwork to cover it. But in my opinion, they should have ignored the spectacle of police officers turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio.
This was about a fallen police officer. It was about a family having had its emotional fiber ripped to shreds by some totally wacko moron’s decision to murder a public servant, a father, a husband, an uncle, and a friend to many.
It was about a city police department in mourning after having been brought to its collective knees by a murdering gut-punch. It was a about an entire city, collectively dazed and trying to make sense out of total senselessness.
It was about state, city, and local politicians, every one of which was at the same level of shock as virtually everyone else in New York City; each of them—including its Mayor—doing their utmost to pay respectful tribute to, not only the fallen officer, but to the entire police department.
But what seems to be the blaring headline of the day? It’s this one. Or one very similar to it.
“Hundreds Turn Their Back on de Blasio at NYPD Officer’s Funeral”
I personally resent this, and the officers who did it accomplished nothing other than showing how situationally immature and devoid of compassion they are.
Mayor de Blasio is in a mixed marriage involving children of color. He’s also the elected representative of the citizens of NYC. His viewpoint regarding some of his family’s fears originates from a different perspective, and he had every right to share it with the people of New York City.
It wasn’t personal, and he’s hurting every bit as much as everyone else is over what has happened.
I served in the military during Vietnam. The disrespect the entire military received from virtually every sector of this nation was something to behold. A diminutive scraggy-haired ass of a twerp spit on me as I stepped from the Greyhound bus that brought me home.
Virtually the entire body of Congress disrespected us; The President himself, Lyndon Johnson, was more concerned with NOT being the first president to lose a war than he seemed to be over the military’s collective emotional wellbeing.
But we were disciplined; we respected civilian authority no matter how we felt about them personally. We would never have turned our backs on OUR President, no matter what.
And if troops in the military ranks pulled this kind of a stupid, thoughtless stunt, military commanders would be having a disciplinary field day.
Civilian police forces are quasi-military. Discipline and respect for civilian authority need to be a prime directive even if some officers feel they’ve been slighted.
My criticism of this action by rank and file police officers—in uniform at a solemn funeral—has nothing to do with supporting the country’s police officers. Support for the police has been overwhelming, not just from the 8.5-million NYC residents, but from all of New York State, the rest of the nation, and Canada.
I fully support the police, but if the police want to criticize their mayor, they need to do it formally and through proper channels. The police union has done so through the press, and they are free to keep at it. I have no problems with it.
The officers who did this didn’t hurt the Mayor, they insulted themselves and the entire NYC police department. They need to get over themselves, and show some pride, not act like spoiled ninnies holding their collective breath in the midst of a temper tantrum.
Thank you for your attention.