The battle between the Mayor of NY and the NYPD continues.
Last night two police officers Andrew Dossi, 30, and Aliro Pellarano, 38 were wounded in a shoot out. Mayor DeBlasio joined Commissioner Bratten for a trip to St. Barnabas Hospital to visit the wounded cops. One of the wounded finest was not happy about the visit.
Andrew Dossi told his father he did not appreciate the visit because of DeBlasio’s lack of support for the NYPD:
“He (Dossi) deals with some crappy people every day and getting no support (from the mayor), come on. These are the guys in the trenches dealing with anything and everything.”
After last night’s shooting, the wounded Dossi was visited three separate times by Bratton, according to Joe Dossi, a 66-year-old retired special ed school bus driver.
During the second sympathy call, Bratton brought his boss, de Blasio, into the hospital room.
“The mayor came in last night. And I told him these guys are laying their lives on the line,” the elder Dossi said. “Bratton seemed like a real legitimate guy. He came in three times and then the second time he brought the mayor in with him.”
The mayor apparently had little to say.
“The mayor seemed passive, like he was just listening to what Bratton was saying and what I was saying,” Dossi said.
Officer Dossi, an Iraq veteran, is an Army Airborne reservist and was scheduled to go to Africa in a few weeks.
That tour, and perhaps his entire reservist career, are now on hold.
“The doctor just told me the bullet in his back just missed his spine. He was shot in the left arm and the arm just doesn’t look good,” the hero cop’s dad said.
“The doctors expect a full recovery. But that arm. I just hope that doesn’t affect his career. He’s Army Airborne. He can’t jump out of airplanes with a messed-up arm.”
DeBasio threw down the gauntlet again yesterday when he called the NYPD action of turning their backs on the mayor during his eulogy of Officer Liu, unprofessional. Perhaps he should try to be more conciliatory and even apologize to make things right. On the other hand he did the right thing by visiting the wounded officers despite officer Dossi’s objection.