Patrick Lynch is having a bad week. Here’s a poll:
New York City voters disapprove of police officers turning their backs on the Mayor at police funerals by 69% to 27%. 77% think police union President Pay Lynch’s “blood on his hands” remarks were “too extreme” and no racial or gender subset of the population considers the comments “appropriate.”
That poll also has Lynch at an 18% positive/39% negative approval rating, and New Yorkers think he’s a mostly negative force in the city by 43%-27%. He also had a fight with his rank and file at a meeting last night:
“This is what my members want!” a cop yelled near the end of the raucous meeting. “They want more cars, better vests, more manpower!”
And then the cop — one of about 350 in attendance — took a verbal jab at Lynch, who has called on de Blasio to offer a mea culpa for his continued lack of support for police.
“They don’t want an apology,” he said.
At the peak of the clash, about 100 cops were standing and screaming at Lynch, sources told the Daily News.
I wonder if anything is less likely to happen than “more manpower”. Lynch’s tactics have shown that the city can get along fine without cops passing out tickets for every bullshit infraction. New Yorkers have gotten their peek behind the curtain and they’ve seen the mighty Oz, thanks to Lynch. Why would they support more cops when there’s less work for the police force to do once they stop the broken windows nonsense?