With his relationship with the New York Police Department dwindling, Mayor Bill de Blasio met Tuesday with the heads of five police unions.
However Pat Lynch, president of the NYPD's biggest union, said that despite a number of discussions about safety issues faced by officers, the two-hour meeting ended with "no resolve."
“And our thought here today is that actions speak louder than words and time will tell," Lynch said.
The meeting date was set over the weekend, a week after two NYPD officers were killed in Brooklyn, further fraying ties between de Blasio and police.
In a statement, Mayor de Blasio said, “Today’s meeting focused on building a productive dialogue and identifying ways to move forward together. The Mayor and Police Commissioner remain committed to keeping crime in New York City at historically low levels, supporting the brave men and women in uniform who protect us every day, and finding ways to bring police and the community closer together.”
A union source told the New York Post that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton helped arrange the meeting.
Protests ignited throughout the city after a Staten Island grand jury failed to indict a white officer in the killing of an unarmed black man. Lynch stated that he felt de Blasio threw the police “under the bus.”
Tensions between de Blasio and the police were charged after the murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. During Ramos’ funeral Saturday, police were seen turning their backs on de Blasio.
Liu’s funeral services are scheduled for this weekend.