Dear Mr. Bratton
I understand that you are presently caught between a rock and a hard place.
Your boss is Mayor de Blasio. Your staff consists of the men and women of the New York Police Department.
Two weeks ago, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed execution style. Their only crime was being in the police department and doing their jobs.
You have asked your staff to respect the mayor.
Let me tell you a story.
I worked for a private company for a number of years. As the years progressed, it became clear that the owners lost sight of the real reason for starting the company and began to only see dollar signs. I lost respect for them and because of that, I began to look elsewhere for employment.
You have good men and women working under you. They only want to do their jobs and serve the citizens of this great city of ours. But when it becomes clear that upper management has lost the respect of their staff, that is a problem. In your case sir, when the mayor’s office and the NYPD leadership allows public opinion to sway them away from supporting the men and women who keep New York City safe, that is a problem.
I recognize that middle management, especially in your case, is not easy. You have a boss over your head who needs certain things, but you also have staff under you who need your support.
I recommend that you find a middle ground, because if you do not, like your boss, you may be out of a job come the next mayoral election.
A citizen of New York City