December 29, 2014
After hundreds of police officers turned their backs to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a funeral for a fallen officer over the weekend, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) was quick to defend the New York mayor.
In a rambling interview with CNN, Rangel criticized the officers, saying it was in “poor judgement” to turn their back on their mayor.
“It was poor judgment, and today was such a beautiful homecoming that for those people that had bad taste who, uh, put a bad face on a terrible situation,” Rangel said, before launching into a rambling stream of conscious that is a little difficult to understand.
“I for one, got a spirit out of that … service that we should be more considerate of each other and not be pointing fingers at each other and try to improve our behavior and our communication and appreciate what we’ve got…”
Rangel went on to hope that officers around the country would remember the two murdered police officers.
“We’ve lost two heroes, now is not the time to be pointing fingers, but coming together and seeing what we can do to work better together because one thing is clear that while we lost two heroes,” he said.
“Every speaker made it clear that we too have a short burden of time on this earth to do the right thing and it was a sad thing but the way the New York City Police were lauded by people from all over the country just made us proud to be New Yorkers and to have the New York City Police Department.”