After the fatal, ambush-style shootings of two New York City police officers Saturday, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association served up sharp words as police gathered outside the hospital where the bodies of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been, the New York Tines reported.
“There's blood on many hands tonight — 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,” Patrick Lynch said with a hard-as-nails tone.
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."
While he acknowledged a time was needed to grieve, Lynch made sure everyone understood what would happen after the funerals.
"We'll raise our heads," Lynch said, "and those that allowed this to go on will be held accountable.”
Lynch has been feuding with de Blasio over treatment of officers since a grand jury decided to not indict a New York City officer over the chokehold death of Eric Garner. In a press conference about the grand jury non-indictment, de Blasio said he had warned his 17-year-old, mixed-race son, Dante, to be careful around police officers, the New York Post reported.
Some New York City officers have been physically attacked during violent protests over the Garner case.
Just days ago, Lynch suggested police officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.
On Saturday cops appeared to turn their backs on de Blasio as he made his way to a press conference about the fatal shootings of Ramos and Liu.