BY JOE MARVILLI
A rally supporting the City’s police force will take place in front of Queens Borough Hall next week.
Community leaders and residents from Queens will meet at noon on Jan. 13 to deliver a united message of support for the NYPD. The rally and press conference is planned as a nonpartisan, non-political event, with civic associations, veterans, retired officers and more in attendance.
Retired NYPD Captain and former City Council candidate Joe Concannon organized the rally, one in a series planned throughout the City that will end outside City Hall at a later date. Concannon also served as the Deputy Director of Public Safety under Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“Public safety is the cornerstone of our civilized society. The police are the thin blue line that separates civilization from chaos,” he said.
Concannon added that the police have not received support from City Hall or many of the elected officials throughout the City. He said that the protests in the wake of the Eric Garner decision created a climate that led to the murders of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
“During early December, our elected officials behaved in a totally irresponsible manner… holding die-in’s in the City Council Chambers is not what our public officials should be doing,” Concannon said. “Our Mayor’s behavior has been irresponsible to say the least. His dangerous rhetoric has lit a fire under a number of very disruptive groups that heretofore have been under control.”
Among the guest speakers are Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss and Deroy Murdock, contributing editor for the National Review Online, according to the rally’s Facebook page. Concannon said that while there are many excellent speakers lined up, the list will not be released, to protect the safety of the speakers.
Queens Borough Hall is located at 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens. The rally will go from noon to 1 p.m.
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