Target: Police Commissioner of the NYPD, William J. Bratton
Goal: Convince the NYPD to become more compassionate to the citizens of New York, and respectful of the mayor
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently spoke to the people of New York in reverence of one recently deceased police officer. In response to the mayor’s address, hundreds of New York police officers literally turned their backs on the mayor, claiming to be upset by the mayor’s support of criminals and attempt to gain control of the NYPD. The NYPD should respectfully allow appropriate bereavement, as well as honor the citizens they are to serve and Mayor they are to respect.
The police officers who turned their backs on the mayor did so in reaction to a statement made by de Blasio in the wake of the grand jury’s decision to not to charge officers who killed Eric Garner. Mayor de Blasio confided that he has been training his biracial son to deal with police and authority cautiously, yet respectfully due to the color of his skin. Numerous NYPD police officers found the mayor’s warning to his son offensive and threatening, and his bereavement at the Garner decision confusing.
Citizens of the United States have disclosed their distrust of the overall police force of the country. Citizens of color are especially leery of police officers due to many recent tragedies. The NYPD would benefit from approaching the mayor with respect, citizens with loyalty and self-inflicted tragedy with regret. Publicly protesting bereavement and insisting on absolute power does not allow people to trust them; in fact, citizens will continue to be emotionally ostracized if this attitude continues. Urge the NYPD to adopt compassion rather than attitude.
Dear Police Commissioner Bratton,
I am writing on behalf of the citizens of New York, and the United States. We, the undersigned, urge the NYPD to adopt compassion, understanding and guilt. Hundreds of police officers wearing the NYPD badge publicly disrespected Mayor de Blasio by turning their backs on him at the funeral of one of your fallen. I understand that these officers feel that the mayor does not respect their authority or decision-making skills. However, instead of act out in anger, try to understand where the people of New York and Mayor de Blasio are coming from.
The citizens of the United States, especially individuals and families of color, are afraid for their lives. They are afraid of the authority that was put in place to protect them. This is vastly unhealthy, and extremely disheartening. Commissioner Bratton, I urge you to approach the issues plaguing your team with humility, understanding and respect.
Please serve the citizens of New York. Please respect the citizens’ lives and feelings. A great change is in order that is in need of a true leader. Please stand for the people and mayor of New York, rather than against them.
[Your Name Here]
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