NY Police Union Chief Mike O’Meara Explodes On The Media: “Stop Treating Us Like Animals & Thugs!”

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The New York Police Benevolent Association (PBA) vehemently pushed back Tuesday during a press conference against state legislators and the media for “vilifying” law enforcement officers amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.

New York Police Benevolent Association President Mike O’ Meara told reporters that officers have 375 million interactions with individuals each year and that most of them are “overwhelmingly positive.”

“But what we read in the papers all week is that in the black community, mothers are worried about their children getting home from school without being killed by a cop. What world are we living in? That doesn’t happen,” Mike O’Meara told the press.

“I am not Derek Chauvin. They are not him. He killed someone, we didn’t. We are restrained,” O’Meara said. “And you know what? I’m saying this to all of the cops here because you know what? Everyone is trying to shame us– the legislators, the press. Everybody’s trying to shame us about being embarrassed about our profession.”

O’ Meara held up his police badge and declared: ” Well, you know what? This isn’t stained by someone in Minneapolis. It’s still got a shine on it. And so do theirs.”

“Stop treating us like animals and thugs and start treating us with some respect! That’s what we’re here today to say. We’ve been left out of the conversation. We’ve been vilified. It’s disgusting– trying to make us embarrassed by our profession,” O’ Meara expressed. Continued Below

“Nobody talks about all of the police officers that were killed in the last week in the United States of America, and there were number of them,” he pointed out.

O’Meara said he condemns the acts of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. “We roundly reject what he did as disgusting. It’s disgusting! It’s not what we do,” he said.

“Our legislators abandoned us. The press is vilifying us,” he informed reporters. “Well you know what guys? I’m proud to be a cop. And I’m gonna continue to be proud to be a cop until the day I retire.” Video Below

New York Police Benevolent Association President Mike O’ Meara’s full remarks:

NYC PBA President Patrick Lynch told the press: “8 minutes is wrong … there was no struggle… we denounce it and we have from the beginning.”

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Patrick Lynch went on to explain: “Our politicians want us to walk away from our communities and abandon you.”

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