Today, for the second time, some officers of the NYPD turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio when he spoke at the funeral of a fallen comrade. They were protesting what they perceived as the Mayor’s failure to support rank-and-file police officers during a turbulent fall.

This strikes me as an especially delicate matter on which to comment, and one that is particularly complex. Was this a rightful protest by people with a legitimate grievance? Did it show disrespect to the fallen? Did it dishonor the uniform? All of the above?

I don’t have any settled view on this, but there’s one aspect of the situation worth paying attention to: it’s as much or more a matter of the relationship among offices as it is a relationship among people. Continue reading “Offices”