Only 4% of NYPD Reportedly Signed Petition Telling de Blasio to Skip Funerals

A lot of noise got made last month over a petition telling Gotham Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from NYPD officers’ funerals — a sign, the NYPD union intimated, of how bad things had gotten between the department and City Hall.

But according to the New York Daily News, it may have just been noise. Sources told the paper only 850 officers signed the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s petition — a paltry 4% of the force.

The anonymous sources — take them with a big grain of wasabi salt you buy for $14.00 at an artisanal salt store in Bushwick — say that the funeral petition was a tactic of union boss Patrick Lynch, who has vehemently denounced de Blasio in the past few weeks — but that he did not get the support of the union before going public with it.

“There was no broad meeting before to get his people behind him,” a source told NYDN. “It was just his idea and he threw it out there.”

The union spokesperson called the number “totally bogus.”

Tensions between the department and City Hall have been growing over a protracted contract dispute, but metastasized following the Eric Garner grand jury decision in November and the ambush-style murder of two police officers in Bedstuy last month. The evening of the murder, Lynch declared that de Blasio had “blood on his hands.”

[h/t New York Daily News]

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