Hours after the murder of two New York Police Department officers Saturday, former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik told Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro that Al Sharpton and Mayor Bill de Blasio “have blood on their hands.” Kerik cited their support of “so-called peaceful protests” in which anti-cop sentiments were raised.
“It’s — with the exception of September 11th– this takes me back to 1988. We had two officers killed on October 18th. This reminds me of the days back in the ’60s and ’70s when we faced executions of New York City cops,” Kerik said.
“In this circumstance I believe, I personally feel, that Mayor de Blasio, Sharpton and others like them, they actually have blood on their hands,” Kerik said. “They encouraged this behavior. They encouraged protests. These so-called peaceful protests that, where people are standing out there saying ‘kill the cops.'”
“Well, I hope they’re happy, because they got what they wanted,” Kerik added.
Kerik and former NYPD officer and detective Bo Dietl called for de Blasio’s ousting from Gracie Mansion, adding that current NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton should be the person to lead New York City.
“We should have a recall or something,” Dietl told Pirro.
“Should Big Bird, as you call him, the mayor of New York City resign?” asked Pirro.
“I think he should resign tomorrow because he cannot do the job. My officers are out there, my cops that I talk to…these guys are incensed,” said Dietl, visibly fuming.
“He should go. He can’t lead the city,” Kerik said. “The men and women in the NYPD don’t respect him. They’re never going to respect him.”
“Even with Bill Bratton at the helm?” Pirro questioned.
“Let Bill Bratton become the mayor,” Kerik responded. “We’d be a lot better off.”
“I’ll vote for Bill Bratton to be the mayor. Get rid of Big Bird. Let Bratton go there. I’ll vote for him tomorrow,” said Dietl.