Republican Rep. Peter King, a staunch and outspoken supporter of the New York Police Department, says cops shouldn't be turning their backs to Mayor de Blasio because it could create sympathy for the embattled New York City mayor.
"I wouldn't have done it," the Long Island congressman told WABC radio on Tuesday. "My father was a cop, I've known cops my whole life. I've never seen such anger among cops. You really have not just anger but also a sense of betrayal. But I think they've made their points, and I understand why they did it, but I don't want it to be creating sympathy for de Blasio either."
During de Blasio's speech, some police officers watching the service on screens outside the church turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke at the funeral for NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos.
"I think it's important right now for him to sit down with the unions, with the police commissioner, and try to resolve this," King added, saying de Blasio should show he stands by police.
Here's the video of cops turning their backs on the mayor:
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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