New York, NY – In a recent video posted on twitter, the Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch told New York legislators to tone down the anti-police talk. The rising number of police suicides is “a crisis” so stop the demonization of Cops.
New York City police are critical to the safety of the city and should be treated as professionals with respect, said Lynch. The PBA President blasted city officials for continuing to grandstand with negative statements about the city’s police force rather than ongoing support.
“Instead, you continue to grandstand on the back of police officers and show up when we’re dead. You continue to find new ways to undermine our work and torture us every time we report for work. And you think that a few tweets and mental health awareness posters will make up for it? Well, it won’t.” “Stop destroying the careers of cops who reach out for help. End the demonization and anti-cop rhetoric,” said Lynch. “Reduce the bureaucratic torment of the job rather than adding to it all the time. Pay us like other police officers and treat us like professionals. You are offering none of that.”
On the video Lynch points out that the PBA has been very clear. New York City police men and woman need a range of mental health services to cover quality treatments when an officer is in in crisis.
“Mayor de Blasio has apparently learned nothing over the past six years about the extremely damaging impact of anti-police rhetoric on both cops and the communities we serve, said Lynch. “The hostile and dangerous environment we now face on the street is a direct result of the demonization of cops by de Blasio and other elected officials.”