The Police Benevolent Association Resigns

Editorial: Resign, Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo’s resignations “put a dent in the idea that the people elected them,” Councilmember James Kraft said.

“It tells us that the voters did not elect the people that represent the people,” Councilman Kevin de León said.

“It’s a blow to the integrity of the decision making process we’re going to have,” Councilmember James Kraft said.

While the resignations are disappointing, they shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The reason is simple, as Councilmember Gil Cedillo stated in his statement: “Over the past three years, I have made numerous calls and emails to the Office of the District Attorney asking them to prosecute and convict the two men that are accused of killing a Queens teenager.”

The Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James J. Bratton have both said that police officers investigating the case do not want a conviction, and that a conviction would not be a deterrent. Furthermore, Cedillo has already pleaded guilty to charges that he solicited a bribe, an act that is barred under New Jersey law.

The Mayor and Commissioner have also said that the conviction would be “disturbing” for the Police Benevolent Association, which represents the union whose members have been indicted. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the indictment is “disturbing,” and Commissioner J. J. Bratton said that he “would not be surprised or disturbed by” if it were to be proven.

But a conviction would be extremely disturbing for the hundreds of innocent people who were killed by a police officer in his or her capacity as an officer.

Moreover, a conviction would put an end to the belief that the police officers could do whatever they wanted, and that any citizen in need of help is a threat to be assaulted by a police officer.

Cedillo’s statement is quite telling in this regard. He said that the “two men” he wanted to have prosecuted were the two men who killed Matthew Rorabaugh.

We won’t know who Rorab

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