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Letter: NYC leaders must support police

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a roundtable on

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a roundtable on police-community relations with Reverend Al Sharpton and Commissioner Bill Bratton on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Credit: Agaton Strom

Newsday's editorial "NYPD unions hurt their case" [Aug. 7] misses the point!

For all of the statistics cited about the lowest murder rate in modern history and that "zero officers were shot and killed in 2013" compared with 12 in 1971, the editorial fails to express that for the last 20 years New York City had mayors and police chiefs who backed their officers. That's it, plain and simple.

The taxpaying, law-abiding citizens came first for the past 20 years, and the city was better off for it.

To have Al Sharpton vilify the entire New York City Police Department while Mayor Bill de Blasio sits beside him -- the NYPD deserves better.

George A. Szarmach, Dix Hills