By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) Following a pair of assassination attempts against NYPD officers over the weekend, former New York cop and Secret Service agent Dan Bongino blasted the Democrats who run the Big Apple for creating an anti-police climate in the city.
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“This is almostÂ exclusively a problem withÂ the radical left,â€ Bongino told “Fox & Friends” Monday.Â â€œI have vivid memories of my time with the police department in New York City from 1995 to 1999 andÂ I have never seen anything like this.â€
He noted further that the policies of Democrat Mayor Bill DeBlasio and the Leftists on the city council are “making theÂ cops a political punchingÂ bag.”
Bongino isn’t naive and he knows the city. He added thatÂ â€œthere has always been streetÂ crime, there has always beenÂ violence against policeâ€ butÂ not conversations in NYPD policeÂ precincts â€œaboutÂ potentially beingÂ assassinated while going to work.â€
Fox News notes:
Police say theÂ suspect, identified as Robert Williams, carried out two â€œassassination attemptsâ€ on officers in the Bronx less than 12 hours apart.Â Williams wasÂ taken into custodyÂ on Sunday morning after unloading his 9mm handgun on officers, wounding aÂ police lieutenantÂ in his upper left arm.
Investigators were confident the man in custody had carried out a similar assault Saturday evening on two uniformed police officers sitting in a patrol van, police said. One officer was wounded when a bullet grazed his chin and neck.
â€œWhat is going on?” asked Bongino.Â â€œWhy is it happening in theseÂ places where you seeÂ political leaders using copsÂ as a political football andÂ beating up on them all theÂ time?Â Is this not a seriousÂ question worth entertaining?â€ he continued.
â€œI mean thereâ€™s a thin line betweenÂ chaos and civilization.Â Everybody knows that.Â That’s not hyperbolic to sayÂ that and who mans that line?Â Our cops. And you want to make them aÂ political punching bag?Â I mean itâ€™s time to open our eyes.Â It’s a serious, seriousÂ problem.â€
Bongino also referenced a report in the UK’s Daily Mail quoting a top NYPD official who is advising officers not to police uniforms or department logo in public.
â€œThis problem of making theÂ cops a political punchingÂ bag, this is almostÂ exclusively a problem withÂ the radical left,â€ Bongino said.Â â€œDo a basicÂ Internet search and you areÂ going to see it so it’s a twofold problem and itâ€™sÂ very simple to figure out.â€
â€œSoÂ liberals, get your blindersÂ off and listen for a minute,â€ he continued.Â â€œWhen you make theÂ copsÂ the focus of your political ire,Â ridiculously so because you think you can get a few points inÂ your polls, and you start beating up on theÂ cops and supporting all these anti-cop movements, shocker, a lot of people in the public who look up toÂ you and respect you if youâ€™re a politicalÂ leader are going to adoptÂ that and become anti-copÂ themselves.â€
The weekend attacks come amid rising tensions between the cityâ€™s 34,000-member force and the administration ofÂ de Blasio, who has implemented several measures that critics say are hostile to police.
Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on! https://t.co/XyruPraM9T
— SBA (@SBANYPD) February 9, 2020
â€œWhen you live inÂ a liberal city, run by aÂ former communist mayor likeÂ Bill de Blasio, who makes itÂ easy to be a criminalâ€¦ you get moreÂ criminals,â€ Bongino noted on Fox News.
â€œI was a cop in the [former New York City Mayor Rudy]Â GiulianiÂ era.Â You know what? It really sucked to be aÂ criminal because if you got caught in theÂ corner peeing in the street, you know what happened? IfÂ you had a warrant, you wentÂ to jail for the wholeÂ weekend so a lot fewer people were outÂ there doing their businessÂ in the street.â€
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