A shootout in the Bronx left two NYPD officers wounded, and when one of the police officers received a visit from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, he was less than thrilled.
Andrew Dossi, 30, was with his partner, Aliro Pellarano, 38, when they were shot by a robber at a grocery store on Jan. 5. Both men are expected to recover, but while Dossi was at St. Barnabas Hospital, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton visited him repeatedly and brought de Blasio with him.
Dossi’s father, Joseph Dossi, told the New York Post that his son was unhappy about de Blasio’s visit.
“[Andrew] deals with some crappy people every day, and getting no support (from the mayor), come on,” Joseph said. “These are the guys in the trenches dealing with anything and everything.”
“Bratton seemed like a real legitimate guy,” he added. “He came in three times and then the second time he brought the mayor in with him. The mayor seemed passive, like he was just listening to what Bratton was saying and what I was saying.”
Still, Andrew was unimpressed. “He wasn’t too happy about the mayor’s visit,” his father said.
Tensions between the NYPD and de Blasio have been high in the wake of the death of Eric Garner, who died after an altercation with NYPD officers in Staten Island. The officers were not indicted by a grand jury.
Many people within the NYPD believe de Blasio has taken the side of communities that are angry with the police officers and believe they used excessive force.