Audience members at Monday morning’s graduation ceremony for 884 police academy rookies booed and heckled Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The mayor met both boos and applause as we walked up to the podium at Madison Square Garden.
“Let’s be honest about the realities of our society,” de Blasio said at the ceremony. “You will confront all the problems that plague our society – problems that you didn’t create.”
One person shouted: “You created them!”
The jeers came days after uniformed officers turned their backs on de Blasio during his eulogy for slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos at his funeral on Dec. 27.
Cops first turned their backs on the mayor at Woodhull Hospital hours after Ramos and partner Weijian Liu were shot and killed by a lone gunman on Dec. 20.
Both officers were honored at the ceremony.
De Blasio shook hands with the graduating class’ valedictorian Officer James Fuchs, who said national unrest troubled his and his classmate’s chosen profession.
“It would have been easy to quit,” he said. “But we are sitting here today because we are determined to serve and protect this city. We believe in the positive interactions we will have on a daily basis, and we know we have the integrity required to wear this honorable uniform.”
Fuchs address was received with applause after his parting words of caution: “Be safe, be alert and never let your guard down.”