Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams issued a statement expressing his support after a plainclothes detective was injured when a car crashed into him during a routine traffic stop in Flatbush. Councilman Williams has been a prominent critic of the NYPD, but he said this incident reminds New Yorker’s that “officers routinely put themselves in potential harm’s way to ensure the safety and security of our communities.”
“I offer my prayers for a speedy recovery to the detective on his road to recovery, as well as to his family, friends and colleagues who may also dealing with shock over the nature of this incident,” Councilman Williams said. “This is a terrible reminder that the NYPD does important yet dangerous work every single day.”
Councilman Williams recently started a push to call for greater “police accountability,” but he has taken pains to characterize the movement as a push “better policing” rather than an “anti-NYPD” initiative. He addressed the distinction at a police accountability rally he hosted last Saturday.
“We want to make sure that everybody understands — for some reason the press never plays this part when I say it — this is not an anti-NYPD rally,” Councilman Williams said. “This is a pro-better policing and safer streets rally. We can have those conversations at the same time.”
Not all of Councilman Williams’ colleagues in the City Council agree that his push for police accountability isn’t an anti-cop movement. Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., sarcastically responded to Councilman Williams’ characterization of the rally in a Facebook post Saturday night.
“Wow good thing huh, because I’d hate for it to get anti-NYPD, or to see what these officials believe needs to happen for a rally to be ‘anti-NYPD,’” Councilman Vallone wrote.