Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he would not apologize to police union leaders and rank and file cops, despite calls from some top officials for the Democratic mayor to be contrite in the wake of a glaring rift between the NYPD and City Hall.
“I respect the question but the construct is about the past and I just don’t want to do that. I think this is about moving forward,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters when asked about whether he’d consider apologizing to the police.
“I’ve always tried to tell the truth as I know it and I tried to be respectful and if you look at years of what I’ve said about the NYPD, I have immense respect for the men and women of the NYPD. I believe in them and I’ve obviously directed a lot of resources to helping them do their work and be safe,” he added.