Fights nearly broke out during a meeting of the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, The New York Daily News reports.
Union members were apparently upset that the president of the 23,000-member-strong union, Patrick Lynch, continued to place an apology from Mayor Bill de Blasio at the head of the agenda.
“We don’t want an apology,” one cop reportedly yelled. “This is what my members want — more cars! Better vests! More manpower!”
When Lynch continued to press his apology agenda, another member yelled, “I don’t care about an apology! I want to know what you’re going to do to protect us!”
The officers also wanted to know what Lynch spoke to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio about during a December 30 meeting, but according to The Daily News‘s source, Lynch “didn’t want to talk about it.”
“He said, ‘Everything we say gets back to the media.'”
Lynch’s supporters were mostly from Manhattan, whereas those criticizing him were from the Bronx and Brooklyn.
One source told The Daily News that as officers from the outer boroughs continued to shout at the union’s president, “Lynch’s guys got up and there was shoving and pushing.”
Lynch later released a statement in which he acknowledged the “frustration” that was expressed by “a few agitators bent on their own self-agendas,” but noted that “they are rightly angered by the lack of support from City Hall, the dangerous lack of staffing, the lack of proper equipment to deal with the lethal environment we face and the reinstituted quota policies.”