This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 2, 2015:
Mayor Bill de Blasio is developing a reputation as a highly skilled expert in self-immolation. Right after having police officers turn their back on him at the Brooklyn hospital where the bodies of the two officers assassinated on Saturday, December 20 were taken, he reappointed a leftist judge who freed a thug who threatened the police just days after their murders.
Just two days after the murder of the officers, Devon Coley, an 18-year-old-thug already boasting a long criminal record, posted a threat on Facebook along with a picture of himself (or someone like him) shooting into a police cruiser along with words to indicate “more to come.” But Coley had already cut several previous deals with Judge Laura Johnson – a former Legal Aid attorney appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg – and so, claiming that he was no flight risk, she let him off, again.
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, called de Blasio a hypocrite and a liar:
[de Blasio] calls for a meeting with the police unions to discuss issues of police safety, supposedly. We express our concerns and you would think as an act of good will to establish credibility, he would not [re]appoint this judge.
If Mullins had taken time to look into de Blasio’s past, he would know exactly what “message” de Blasio is sending: he is contemptuous of law and order, and especially of those hired to enforce it. Apologists for de Blasio at the New York Times skipped over that contempt in its attempt to whitewash the mayor and blame any discord between the NYPD and his office on “right-wing commentators” and union officials who, according to the Times, are guilty instead of overstating the breaches and insults de Blasio has committed just in the last few months of his first year as mayor.
De Blasio has been a hard-core leftist revolutionary for years, showing these tendencies as far back as 1988 when he worked to support the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. He continued that support even while he was working as campaign manager for hard-left Rep. Charlie Rangel and then for Hillary Clinton in her run for the Senate in 2000.
His troubles with the NYPD bubbled to the surface when he invited “Rev.” Al Sharpton down to City Hall to join him and Police Commissioner Bill Bratten in a publicity stunt. It was intended to help “unify” the city following de Blasio’s refusal to support the grand jury’s no-bill on police officers involved in the death of Eric Garner. He put Bratten on his right side and Sharpton on his left (appropriately), raising Sharpton’s image and credibility far beyond anything that race-baiting revolutionary deserved.
Even the New York Times, in its editorial apologetic issued on Tuesday, admitted that this was a bad call for de Blasio if he really was serious about responding to and embracing his police department’s concerns about his support for radicals and protestors:
After Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, was killed by a swarm of cops on Staten Island, [de Blasio] convened a meeting with the police commissioner, William Bratton, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, giving Mr. Sharpton greater prominence than police defenders thought he should have had because Mr. Sharpton is a firebrand with an unsavory past.
Unsavory, to say the very least. Volumes have been written about Sharpton’s past, exposing him as a liar, a tax cheat and a radical revolutionary provoking riots with his “No justice, no peace” sloganeering in Ferguson, Missouri. What the Times left out was any mention of the tight relationship de Blasio has with Sharpton that goes back to his hiring of Sharpton’s PR expert, one Rachel Noerdlinger, as de Blasio’s wife’s chief of staff, and paying her $170,000 a year for her efforts.
Leonard Levitt, a veteran cop reporter who runs NYPD Confidential – a website that publishes inside information about the NYPD – was able to expose Noerdlinger as a liar and a fraud in his column at Reuters. Wrote Levitt:
There was de Blasio’s reluctance to fire Sharpton’s former spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger, whom the mayor had appointed as his wife, Chirlane McCray’s, $170,000-per-year chief of staff.
He seemed to shrug off the arrests of Noerdlinger’s live-in boyfriend, Hassaun McFarlan, as well as McFarlan’s and Noerdlinger’s 17-year-old son Khari’s anti-police postings in which they both called cops “pigs.”
Only after Khari was arrested for trespassing at a known drug location in the Bronx did Noerdlinger take an “indefinite leave of absence.”
De Blasio has continued to support Noerdlinger since the announcement. [Instead] he referred to news media reports on Noerdlinger’s personal life as “repulsive.”
Noerdlinger is a piece of work, and a peek into her background provides more evidence showing de Blasio’s true character. There is the fact that she failed to disclose in a background questionnaire that she lives with her boyfriend, one Hassaun McFarlan, who has an extensive criminal record, to put it nicely. The IRS placed a federal tax lien on her home in Edgewater, New Jersey in 2011 in the amount of $28,190, while the State of New York followed up with a tax warrant on her business. She has failed to pay a large number of fines, parking tickets, and tolls that now total more than $7,000. And her son Khari now has an arrest record long enough to classify him as a “youthful offender.”
Back to de Blasio. He failed to endear himself to the NYPD when he spoke publicly of his efforts to train his son, Dante, to “take special care” during any run-ins he might have in New York City:
Because of a history that still hangs over us [and] the dangers that he may face [as a mixed-race citizen in New York], we’ve had to literally train him … in how to take special care in any encounter he has with police officers….
De Blasio told Dante never to reach for his cell phone if confronted, that it might be just enough of an excuse for a trigger-happy officer to blow him away, with apologies to follow.
According to the New York Post, police officers have become so disenchanted with their dear leader that they are engaging in a “work stoppage” – refusing to issue tickets to miscreants. During the week starting Monday, December 21, two days after two of their own were murdered in cold blood while sitting in their cruiser, traffic citations and low-level summonses for public drinking and urinating fell by 94 percent, while parking violations were off by 92 percent and drug arrests were down by 84 percent.
None is this is having any effect on de Blasio, the old revolutionary from Nicaragua. His last-minute reappointment of the radical judge proves the point. Wrote sergeants union chief Ed Mullins:
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 [his] effort to open dialogue [with the department].
Call it what you will: hypocritical, counterproductive or lacking in good faith, the behavior of de Blasio that has incurred the wrath of NYPD’s finest is consistent with his totalitarian worldview.
A graduate of an Ivy League school and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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