One of the two plainclothes New York City police officers shot and wounded by two armed robbery suspects Monday evening was not pleased to see Mayor Bill de Blasio turn up in his hospital room, according to the officer's father.
Andrew Dossi, 30, was shot while responding to a report of an armed robbery at a Bronx grocery store along with his partner, 38-year-old Aliro Pellerano. The New York Post reported that New York Police Commissioner William Bratton visited Dossi three separate times in his room at St. Barnabas Hospital, and was accompanied by de Blasio on the second occasion.
"He wasn’t too happy about the mayor’s visit," Joe Dossi told the Post of his son. "He deals with some crappy people every day and getting no support (from de Blasio), come on. These are the guys in the trenches dealing with anything and everything."
Relations between the mayor and the police department have been strained since a Staten Island grand jury declined to charge a white officer last month in connection with the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after the officer appeared to put him in a chokehold. In the aftermath of the decision, de Blasio said he worried about any possible police encounters with his son, Dante. De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, is black.
The elder Dossi told the Post that he tried to remind the mayor of the commitment shown by his son and his fellow officers to the city, saying "I told him these guys are laying their lives on the line." However, he wasn't impressed by de Blasio's response.
"The mayor seemed passive," Dossi said, "like he was just listening to what Bratton was saying and what I was saying."