NYPD Union Chief Calls James Blake Arrest Critics ‘Un-American’

File- In this file photo of Oct.  28,  2011, Patrick Lynch, head of the nation’s largest police union, speaks at a news conference in support of the  police officers indicted in a ticket-fixing scandal at the Bronx Supreme Court in New York. Theatrics aren’t a new tactic for Lynch, but an ongoing war of words with Mayor Bill de Blasio is a notch up even for Lynch, who is usually the most outspoken, the most amped up in the room. The 51-year-old has lead the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association since 1999 and is up for re-election next year. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)
File- In this file photo of Oct. 28, 2011, Patrick Lynch, head of the nation’s largest police union, speaks at a news conference in support of the police officers indicted in a ticket-fixing scandal at the Bronx Supreme Court in New York. Theatrics aren’t a new tactic for Lynch, but an ongoing war of words with Mayor Bill de Blasio is a notch up even for Lynch, who is usually the most outspoken, the most amped up in the room. The 51-year-old has lead the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association since 1999 and is up for re-election next year. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

New York City police union chief Patrick Lynch said Tuesday it’s “irresponsible, unjust and un-American” to criticize cops for wrongfully slamming retired tennis star James Blake to the ground outside his Manhattan hotel. 

In a scathing open letter addressed to “all arm-chair judges,” Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, tears into public condemnation of Officer James Frascatore’s tackling of Blake, who was mistaken for a suspect in an identify theft ring. The former tennis great was arrested, handcuffed and detained for about 15 minutes before police realized their error last week.

“If you have never struggled with someone who is resisting arrest or who pulled a gun or knife on you when you approached them for breaking a law, then you are not qualified to judge the actions of police officers putting themselves in harm’s way for the public good,” Lynch begins.

The arrest of Blake, which prompted apologies from Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner Bill Bratton, was caught on security footage.

Lynch has no apologies in his letter, just venom, for anyone who would cast judgment on the situation before a full investigation is completed.

“It is mystifying to all police officers to see pundits and editorial writers whose only expertise is writing fast-breaking, personal opinion, and who have never faced the dangers that police officers routinely do, come to instant conclusions that an officer’s actions were wrong based upon nothing but a silent video,” Lynch writes. “That is irresponsible, unjust and un-American.”

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Source: Huffington Post | Matt Ferner

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