Councilman calls out mayor at vigil honoring NYPD officers who have died by suicidePosted: Updated:
The NYPD officers who have died by suicide this year were remembered in lower Manhattan Monday night.
For years, suicide among law enforcement has been a problem and has recently gained more attention.
Councilman Joe Borelli says city government responded differently when there was a crisis with taxi cab drivers taking their own lives and claims when it comes to NYPD officers, the same acknowledgement has not been met.
Monday night, Staten Island Councilman Joe Borelli, along with Blue Lives Matter, wanted to remind men and women in blue that it's a drastic decision that cannot be reversed.
Nine NYPD officers and a retired sergeant have died by suicide this year. Monday night at City Hall Park was about raising awareness and praying for the victims and their families.
Councilman Borelli adds that taxi cab drivers blamed city's regulations and city's burdens and now he says perhaps the same is happening with the NYPD, such as the divisiveness and "wrong-headed policies" of City Hall.
"I'm demanding that City Hall make an affirmative statement that the value of police officer lives is important. We heard Mayor de Blasio last week at a press conference. He simply refused to say three words together — three words he'd otherwise say separate. He refused to say, 'Blue Lives Matter.' He didn't want to say it," said Borelli.
Blue Lives Matter says it's a hectic job to begin with, but adds that any family issues or financial problems are an unhealthy combination with the stress of the job.
The organizations wants to let people know they have support, that their life is not worth taking and that they mean something to this world.
The founder of Blue Lives Matter, active NYPD Sergeant Joe Imperatrice, says they plan to take a different approach to deter officer suicides.
News 12 reached out to the mayor's office for comment but have not heard back yet.