New York Post

Blas’ Anti-Cop Flip-Flop


In a switch from past practice, Mayor de Blasio skipped events Monday for the third anniversar­y of Eric Garner’s death. Instead, he spoke at an unrelated stop at the 105th Precinct in Queens, noting the “progress” that’s “taking hold.”

It’s good to see de Blasio now standing with police. Question is, has the mayor — who saw cops turn their backs on him again last week at the funeral for Officer Miosotis Familia — shifted gears because he realizes he may have a new problem with cops?

From the outset, de Blasio has tried to play both sides. After Garner’s death while resisting arrest for selling untaxed “loosie” cigarettes, the mayor urged everyone to wait for all the evidence before judging.

But he also staged a “round table” at which he gave the Rev. Al Sharpton — who launched an anti-cop tirade — equal status with NYPD Commission­er Bill Bratton.

And when a grand jury declined to charge the officer in Garner’s death, de Blasio said he and his wife had to “train” their biracial son Dante to “take special care” when dealing with cops. On last year’s anniversar­y, he cited the “need to overcome a history of structured racism.”

No wonder cops turned their backs on him after the murder of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by a gunman seeking revenge for Garner and others.

De Blasio’s idea of progress, he said Monday, consists of reducing stop-and-frisks and “implicit bias training” for cops. Garner’s death was certainly a tragedy, but the lessons to be learned from it don’t include that cops are guilty of “implicit bias.”

Which is why, when it comes to cops, many still doubt that he has their backs.

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