Photo via The NY Post
In recent weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio has had to endure boos, the turned backs of New York police officers, and 2 high-flying airplane banners – the first one saying, “De Blasio, our backs have turned to you” and the second one calling on him to “apologize to the NYPD!!”
In the face of this, De Blasio has shocked NY wags with his decision to retain a controversial judge who recently freed without bail two men who threatened cops just days after the double police assassination.
The stunning decision came even as one of the suspects — a gang member charged with posting police death threats online — skipped a court date and had a warrant out for his arrest, sources said.
Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson had faced a midnight expiration of her term. She was appointed by then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg in January 2013.
Her one-year, interim reappointment by de Blasio outraged law enforcement officials a day after he met with the heads of five police unions to heal his fractured relationship with cops.
“The mayor’s actions of reappointing this judge are completely hypocritical to his argument that he’s pro-police and counterproductive to what he claims to be an effort to open dialogue going forward,” said sergeants union chief Ed Mullins.
“He had the opportunity to demonstrate good will and support for the police, and he once again has demonstrated the opposite.”
The head of the state court officers union, Dennis Quirk, called de Blasio’s decision “a disgrace.”
“It sends a strong message to every police officer and everyone in the law enforcement community that it’s OK to threaten the lives of cops,” Quirk said.
Coley, 18, posted this chilling photo on his Facebook a few hours after a man executed two NYPD officers in their police cruisers.
He wrote “73Nextt,” under the photo in reference to the 73rd Precinct that covers his neighborhood.
After The Post exposed Coley’s no-bail release in the NYPD threat case, Johnson was informally admonished by an official with the Office of Court Administration, sources have said. The court administrator told Johnson she “should be setting an example to the public that threatening or assaulting police officers isn’t an acceptable thing,” one source said.
But that didn’t stop Johnson from freeing another man who threatened a police officer, later that day. He was charged with attacking a cop outside a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn.
After he was pepper sprayed and stunned with a taser, Travis Maye, 26, told cops “You will die!”
Well, if the Mayor of NYC doesn’t have their backs – at least the DOJ, does, right? … Holder’s DOJ…
Well…. not exactly.
The Obama administration’s Justice Department funneled at least $1.5 million in grants to a New York legal-aid group featured in a new rap video that depicts two young black men aiming handguns at a white police officer.
Some may find the lyrics eerily similar to the social media postings of the man accused of shooting and killing two New York City police officers execution-style in Brooklyn on Saturday.
The video for “Hands Up,” which also shows a white police officer gunning down a black motorist wearing a hoodie, contains lyrics suggesting revenge for much-publicized deaths of black men in confrontations with police.
Credited to rappers Uncle Murda and Maino, the video is subtitled “Eric Garner Tribute,” a reference to a black man who died while being pinned and restrained on a sidewalk by New York police officers.
The taxpayer money that went to the organization shown in the video, the Bronx Defenders, comes from a Justice Department program named for Edward Byrne, a New York Police Department officer who was shot dead at close range in 1988.
Well there’s irony for you – a program named for an officer who was shot dead while on duty, becomes a promoter of cop-killer videos. This is a prime example of how the left completely twists, perverts and utterly corrupts every single thing it gets its slimy hooks into. That is not hyperbole. It’s absolutely true.
And taxpayers get to foot the bill: Taxpayers Not Likely to Get Refund From Legal-Aid Group in ‘Kill a Cop’ Video:
The Daily Signal first reported that the Justice Department has made five grants to Bronx Defenders totaling $1.5 million through a program named forEdward Byrne, a New York Police Department officer shot dead at close range in 1988.
Bronx Defenders, depicted in the video’s script as caring for a grieving mother whose son apparently has been killed by police, also received more than $100 million from city taxpayers since 2007, the New York Post reported earlier this month.
Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation and co-author of a book about Attorney General Eric Holder, told The Daily Signal:
Taxpayers should be outraged but not surprised that the Holder Justice Department is funding an organization involved in a video inciting the murder of police officers — and what is most outrageous about it is that the Justice Department is using taxpayers funds through a program named for a New York police officer murdered in 1988. Not only should this organization be cut off from all federal funding, but everyone at Justice involved in approving this grant should lose their jobs.
This is what happens when the left is given too much power. When will people ever learn?