Anti-de Blasio message flies across New York skies amid the Mayor’s tension with NYPD.
The tension between New York police and Mayor Bill de Blasio was sky high on Friday as a plane was seen waving a message reading: ‘Our backs have turned to you.’
The message, which flew above the Hudson River around 9am, was a reference to officers’ reactions to de Blasio as he attended the hospital where the bodies of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were taken after they were shot on Saturday.
As the mayor walked past the officers, many were seen turning their backs to him.
A photo of the plane banner was shared by former cop John Cardillo on Twitter on Friday as family members gathered to remember Ramos at his wake and memorial service in Queens.
It is not clear who paid for the banner. Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, which displayed the message, told the New York Daily News that the buyers wanted to stay anonymous.
But on his website, Cardillo wrote that a ‘large and unified group of current and retired NYC Police Officers, Detectives, & Supervisors’ had asked him to post a message after seeing the plane.
‘We are outraged by the mayor’s incendiary rhetoric, and for facilitating the current hostile climate towards the NYPD,’ he wrote on the blog.
Read more: Daily Mail