NYPD union boss says PSNI are soldiers not police

Patrick Lynch, President of the New York’s 36,000-strong police union has told an audience including Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams that he doesn’t consider the PSNI a normal police force like the NYPD.

“I don’t consider them police officers. They are soldiers trying to keep our people down for standing up for what is right,” the Irish Times (subs needed) quotes him as saying to cheers from the audience.Robert McCartney was not mentioned but Lynch said:

“Gerry, remember you are on the right track when all others are saying you are not, when the people you are fighting against are trying to get the masses to fight against you.”

However, in a sign of the times there were no collection buckets going around for Sinn Fein, ostensibly “to avoid it being made into a contentious issue and a distraction to the necessary work of rebuilding the peace process.”