NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton did not approve of the police officers who turned their back on Mayor Bill DeBlasio at the funeral for murdered police officer Rafael Ramos, calling the action “very inappropriate.”
“That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos, and to bring politics, to bring issues into that event I think was very inappropriate and I do not support it. He is the mayor of New York, he was there representing the citizens of New York to express their remorse and their regret at that death,” Bratton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“At the same time it is reflective unfortunately of the feelings of some of our officers at this juncture about not just the mayor but I think about some of the many issues that are afflicting the city at this time and this particular police department,” he added.
Police Union officials are blaming DeBlasio partially for his support of people protesting the grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner.
But Bratton defended DeBlasio, saying he was “totally supportive of his personnel” although “morale in the department at this time is low, there’s no getting around that.”