The New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) has passed “no confidence” resolutions against Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
In passing the resolution, the PBA has called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fire both de Blasio and O’Neill or for the men to step down.
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In a statement, the PBA blasted de Blasio, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, for demonizing police officers and undermining their efforts to protect the city.
As far as O’Neill goes, the group said that he has “cravenly acquiesced to the Mayor and his anti-cop allies.”
“Today’s votes are an unequivocal indictment of our failed leaders in City Hall and 1 Police Plaza. For years, Mayor de Blasio has demonized police officers and undermined our efforts to protect our city. For years, Commissioner O’Neill has cravenly acquiesced to the Mayor and his anti-cop allies. The unjust termination of P.O. Daniel Pantaleo was merely the final straw: both men have displayed an appalling pattern of malfeasance and nonfeasance that disqualifies them from continuing to serve in their current offices. Neither can hope to regain the trust or confidence of New York City police officers. They must resign or be fired,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement.
The NYC PBA’s has nearly 400 delegates representing nearly 25,000 active NYPD members in the rank of police officers.