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Police Union Opposes NYC's Bid for the Democratic National Convention

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Brooklyn Welcomes DNC at Barclays Center. (Rob Bennett/Mayor's Office Photostream)

The head of a New York City Police Department union hopes the city loses its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Brooklyn.

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeant's Benevolent Association, said Tuesday that the city is developing an “anti-police atmosphere.” Mullins is worried the convention could lead to street protests — and that doesn't sit well with rank-and-file officers who feel they have been under increased scrutiny.

"The men and women of the NYPD are not feeling supported by the mayor at this point,” Mullins told WNYC. 

De Blasio administration officials recently hosted members of the Democratic National Committee at the Barclays Center to talk up Brooklyn as a potential host site. Mullins published an open letter in The New York Post and New York Times saying that under de Blasio,"the degradation of our streets is on the rise."

While overall major crimes are down in New York City, shootings are up over last year.

Speaking before a press event to announce a labor settlement, de Blasio said there’s widespread support for the city’s bid. He dismissed the letter as an “irresponsible act” intended to strengthen the SBA’s case in contract negotiations.

It's “fear-mongering to try to benefit their own position in labor talks,” De Blasio charged.

The 13,000 members of the SBA have been working without a contract for three years. The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which represents the city's 50,000 officers, have been without a contract for four years.

Both unions are seeking higher wage increases than the current pattern adopted by the city.

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