Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Hundreds of cops once again turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio
Cops protest de Blasio at slain officer’s funeral
By Shawn Cohen and Max Jaeger
July 11, 2017 | 11:30am | Updated
Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray arrive at the funeral service for Miosotis Familia.
Hundreds of cops once again turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio at a police funeral.
Thousands gather for funeral of slain NYPD officer
Scores of officers who assembled outside the World Changers Church in The Bronx for assassinated police officer Miosotis Familia on Tuesday protested the mayor by showing the building their backs as speakers broadcast Hizzoner’s eulogy from inside. The move was reminiscent of the funeral for slain officer Wenjian Liu in 2015, who was also executed by a cop-hating madman.
The officers chatted with one another or swiped through their phones during the mayoral snub.
The protest comes after de Blasio skipped town to participate in G-20 Summut protests in Germany on Thursday — the day after Familia, a 12-year department veteran and mother of three, was killed by maniac gunman Alexander Bonds.
“Mr. Mayor, you didn’t have to travel to Germany for a protest — all you had to do is speak in front of the men and women of the NYPD,” Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins said.
Police promptly turned around when it was announced the police commissioner was next to speak — but not all resumed paying attention.
A de Blasio spokesman downplayed the police snub at his boss.
“A couple dozen people showed up to partake in a bogus controversy ginned up by the media and those looking to politicize Detective Familia’s death. That’s unfortunate,” rep Austin Finan wrote in an email to The Post.
“The mayor, police commissioner and thousands of police officers from the city and beyond attended today’s service in solidarity to pay their respects and honor Miosotis Familia.”