Mike O'Meara, head of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, gave a press conference on Tuesday in which he repeatedly, passionately declared that the NYPD had been treated unfairly in the weeks since George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests.
O'Meara, who said that the police currently "are portrayed in the press and everywhere else as the enemy," faced a slew of criticism for hypocrisy, among other things.
"The notion that police are not investigated and we're some wild organization out there, you know, doing what we wish is just a falsehood...And, that's why I think it's important…because we need people to understand that we are under scrutiny."
"Cry me a river," wrote activist and former NBA player Reggie Miller on Twitter.
"You've been getting roasted for 2 weeks, now imagine the black and brown people their entire lives.. Also are there any black cops in NYC that's support your whining rant, I just see a sea of white faces."
The lack of diversity among members of the PBA present for O'Meara's presser was also noted by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who said:
"Any New Yorker can tell you that this group does not look representative of the NYPD at all."
"Most NYPD patrol officers are Black, Latino, or Asian American - and the overall force is about 1/5 women. So what's going on here?"
Meanwhile, the internet's sympathy levels for O'Meara and the NYPD, who (in addition to police across the country) have brutalized protestors so often that there is a two minute and 13 second supercut of moments of police brutality just from the last two weeks, are extremely low.
In fact, there is also a supercut of all the times the NYPD have used brutality intermingled with O'Meara's speech.
Marti Gould Cummings, a candidate for New York City Council District 7, gave testimony via Zoom in front of the City Council after their arrest at a protest last week.
Their experience pointed to the direct opposite of O'Meara's statements that the police were "acting honorably" in most situations.
Pressure grows nationally to reorganize the police while these shows of pushback on the part of police unions—which are labeled benevolent associations because they are not the same as labor unions—continue to expose issues of racial bias and unequal justice from the police and the discontent and unrest in the nation as a whole.
In an economic recession, people cited a $6 billion budget for the NYPD could be put to better use elsewhere.