The head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association told CNN that New York City Police Department officers who turned their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio at a memorial service for Rafael Ramos did so because they felt betrayed.
CNN’s Miguel Marquez asked Patrick Lynch whether he believed that the officers’ actions were appropriate.
“The feeling is real,” Lynch said. “But today is about mourning, tomorrow is about debate.”
When asked what he would tell those officers, he said, “We have to understand the betrayal that they feel. But today we also come to bow our heads in mourning and tomorrow we’ll debate.”
He then walked away from the camera.
Lynch has been highly critical of de Blasio in the aftermath of the shootings of Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, last Saturday.
“There’s blood on many hands tonight,” he said last Saturday. “Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest that try to tear down what New York City police officers did every day.”
Lynch added that “blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor” for a “cold-blooded assassination like we haven’t seen before.”
Watch the entire CNN segment via Mediaite below.
‘They just fired on us’: Horrifying videos of cops ‘using journalists for target practice’ in Minneapolis
Journalists covering the protests in Minneapolis reported on being targeted by police on Saturday.
Multiple reports -- including live coverage on CNN -- showed police firing rubber bullets at journalists.
It’s open season on the media for the cops in Minneapolis. Evil. https://t.co/ZR3Nnf9ofH
— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) May 31, 2020
BUSTED: Videos document NYPD mowing down protesters with police cruisers
New York Police Department cruisers drove through a crowd of protesters -- and it was all captured on video.
Video shows protesters blocking a NYPD SUV with a barricade.
A second cruiser then comes up to the right of the first car -- and then the both violently accelerate through the pedestrians.
Video of the Brooklyn event was captured from both the street level and above.
‘Stop it! Stop it’: Shocking video shows young girl in Seattle crying after reportedly being maced by police
Video posted to social media on Saturday reportedly shows the aftermath after a young girl was maced by Seattle Police.
The girl can be heard screaming as protesters attempted to deliver first aid.
"Stop it! Stop it," she screamed.
Here is a thread Twitter user Kayvon Behroozian posted to Twitter, tagging local media outlets, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.
Apparently Officer Campbell (see thread — mustache) of @SeattlePD maced the CHILD crying in this video. He did not provide his badge number upon request, unlike his colleagues. @seattletimes @Q13FOX @MayorJenny @carmenbest (posting on behalf of friend who took these videos/pics) pic.twitter.com/0ojb37RSJt