The people who attacked police officers, leaving one with a broken bone, during a prayer protest on Wednesday on the Brooklyn Bridge were anarchists – not protesters – NYPD Sgt. Vincent Vallelong said Thursday.
Vallelong, the vice president of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, told Fox News on Thursday that the anarchists were there to harm the church members who were peacefully marching and praying for an end to the violence – which city officials have allowed to continue for far too long:
“This lawlessness in the city seems to have been going on a lot longer than what it should right now.
“Myself, I don’t believe that they’re protesters. Those people on the other side were nothing but anarchists and were there to hurt the individuals of the church who were there for a peaceful prayer march to end the violence in the city.”
Responding to criticism of the NYPD by Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sgt. Vallelong said the mayor is trying to make all the city’s good cops “the scapegoat to his bad policies and the bad polices of the city council” that have created and allowed the violence:
“Exactly, what’s going on right now is a combination of these years of leading this city. He’s praised community policing – and now, all of a sudden, the police department and the cops, the good cops and the men and women of this job, are being made to be the scapegoat to his bad policies and the bad policies of the city council.”
Sadly, the violence that is taking place, such as Wednesday’s anarchist attack, “is what your mayor wants” and has created, Sgt. Vallelong said:
“Unfortunately, this is what your city council wants. This is what your mayor wants. And, he can say anything he wants, and looking through his eyes and his vision from the last seven years – but, this is what he’s created over seven years.”