I see on the news that officers are requesting that Mayor de Blasio not attend police funerals in New York. While I understand your reaction to the Mayor given the two recent murders of NYC police officers, it is not the Mayor who painted targets on your backs.
It is the prosecutor and Grand Jury in Staten Island.
The problem here is not really the conduct of Officer Pantaleo, though he certainly didn't help. The problem is that he wasn't indicted.
Cops are going to get overzealous. You do something extremely dangerous for a living and there are times officers are going to step over lines. I realize that freedom from interference helps you do your jobs; the problem is that that is only true up to a point, after which this freedom creates a problem, and I mean specifically a problem for you. A dangerous problem.
That problem is that a significant portion of the City's population now believes the police can murder them at will with impunity. The more people really believe that, the more dangerous your lives get. That is neither a favorable outcome for the police department nor for the population you protect for a living.
Now, I understand full well that the idea that the police could murder people with impunity doesn't mean most of you would if the opportunity presented itself. I have no doubt that if most New York officers had been in Ofc. Pantaleo's place when Eric Garner was arrested, Garner would still be alive today and the arrest would not have made the news. This in iself should in theory prevent murders like the two recent murders of NYC officers.
But it doesn't. One of the reasons it doesn't is that you are fostering the perception that your police department believes that you should be above the law to whatever extent humanly possible, presumably because of the nature of your work. You are fostering the impression that you see very little wrong with the procedures followed leading to Eric Garner's death. The public does not see police outrage over the slow strangulation of a non-violent cuffed suspect.
The nature of your work is critical. However, your survival is also critical. Survival means not making enemies of large parts of the City's population because they assume things about you that aren't true. Survival means not fostering the impression that you think you should be above the law given that it is the law you enforce. This is not the time to close ranks. This is the time to make sure everyone knows that there are certain things you do not tolerate, even among your own, expecially among your own. The more you police yourselves, the less you need to fight with the rest of the world.
Stay safe. Just understand that this is not about the Mayor. He has not, to my knowledge, encouraged violence. What he is encouraging is accountability. The perception of accountability helps not only him; if anything, it helps you even more.