Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York City is learning the hard way about maintaining proper public relations with his police force. The mayor's remarks about the way police handle arrests and deal with minority communities enraged the force. Police officers turned their backs on him when he spoke at the funerals of two officers who were murdered recently. Ticketing for infractions has plummeted throughout the city. Arrests are down. There is a war of words between the head of the policeman's union and the mayor's office. It is clear that the mayor blundered even if his comments were accurate. He now has to win back the force, which he is trying to do, but a climate of suspicion and impaired credibility will be his legacy going forward. The job of mayor of a major city is difficult enough without mistakes like this.