Out of control union head, Pat Lynch, now in a struggle to keep his job — and may deserve to lose.
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Patrolmen's Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch in for a fight to keep his job, and may deserve to lose
By Juan Gonzalez
Police union boss Patrick Lynch could soon be fighting for his own survival. Dissidents in the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association are preparing a campaign to unseat Lynch in the union’s June election — the first such challenge to his leadership since 2003.
“Pat does a lot of yelling and screaming, but there’s never a solution, and in the meantime the police officer’s life keeps getting worse,” one insurgent told the Daily News.
The group will unveil its opposition slate — including some of the PBA’s current leadership — later this month, a source said.
Lynch has been tossing verbal jabs at Mayor de Blasio ever since a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner. After the Dec. 20 assassination of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, Lynch recklessly charged their blood was on the mayor’s hands. And then, many suspect, he triggered a two-week arrest-and-summons slowdown by his members.
But fissures within the union are becoming apparent. First came the anemic response to a letter Lynch issued on the PBA website asking cops to bar the mayor and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from their funerals if they were killed on the job. Only 4% of cops have signed it, sources told The News.