NYPD Commish Bratton: Mayor de Blasio owes no apology as tensions escalate to 1970s levels

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NYPD Commish Bratton: Mayor de Blasio owes no apology as tensions escalate to 1970s levels
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Mayor De Blasio Commissioner Bratton and District Attorney Cyrus Vance announce initiative to enhance NYPD mobile communications. 55 Broadway NY, NY. October 23, 2014. (Photo By: Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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I am outraged at the killing of 2 police officers in Brooklyn. That is why we stress non violence as the only way to fight for justice.
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a press conference denouncing the shooting deaths of two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers at the National Action Network on December 21, 2014 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The press conference follows the execution style shooting of officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn on December 20, 2014 where the suspect was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: A police officer pauses as he listens to New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference at Woodhull Hospital following the killing of two New York City police officers on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: People demsonstate outside of City Hall against police violence at a rally that was supposed to be in support of the New York Police Department (NYPD) on December 19, 2014 in New York City. Like a number of other cities across the country, New York City continues to experience daily protests as activists, residents and area politicians voice their anger over two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: People demsonstate outside of City Hall against police violence at a rally that was supposed to be in support of the New York Police Department (NYPD) on December 19, 2014 in New York City. Like a number of other cities across the country, New York City continues to experience daily protests as activists, residents and area politicians voice their anger over two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: People demonstrate outside of City Hall against police violence at a rally that was supposed to be in support of the New York Police Department (NYPD) on December 19, 2014 in New York City. Like a number of other cities across the country, New York City continues to experience daily protests as activists, residents and area politicians voice their anger over two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton feels Bill de Blasio has lost the trust of some officers but insists the mayor owes no apology for the risen tensions between the city's "Finest" and New Yorkers.

Bratton made the comments during a Monday appearance on NBC's "Today." He also bemoaned policing in a climate similar to the 1970s.

"Who would've ever thought déjà vu all over again, that we would be back where we were 40-some-odd years ago," said Bratton.

The commissioner claimed frictions between police and communities rival those in the 1970s, when violent protests often erupted in many areas of the city.

Bratton said he feels Saturday's double murder of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu came as tensions escalate following two grand jury decisions to not indict cops over the deaths of multiple civilians this summer.

"It's quite apparent, quite obvious, that the targeting of these two police officers was a direct spinoff of this issue of these demonstrations," said Bratton.

Shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, posted warnings on Instagram related to Staten Island man Eric Garner and Ferguson teen Michael Brown in the minutes before he killed both cops and then turned the gun on himself.

Brinsley has an extensive criminal record and was previously treated for mental illness. He shot his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore before making his way to New York for the grim killings.

Many police have privately grumbled, including to AOL News, that de Blasio has not had the NYPD's back throughout the turmoil.

"I don't believe that at all," said Bratton. I've spent a lot of time with this man. I have received this year over $400 million outside of my normal budget to improve our training, to improve our facilities, to acquire technology."

Police have also complained about the mayor allowing protestors to virtually have the run of the city while demanding an apology and asking him to not attend funerals for fallen officers.

A PBA memo obtained exclusively by AOL News claimed de Blasio has "blood on his hands" and that the NYPD has become a "wartime police department."

The "blood on his hands" comment was echoed by PBA chief Pat Lynch outside the Brooklyn hospital where both shot officers were pronounced dead. A spokesperson later tried to distance the police union from the rest of the screed.

"I don't know that an apology is necessary," Bratton told NBC. "One of the things, a concern at the moment, is this issue is really starting to go down partisan lines Republican/Democrat.

"This is something that should be bringing us all together, not taking us apart."

Many politicians have called for a "cooling off period" in the protests.

Romero's family has said the mayor is welcome at the slain officer's funeral.

NYPD Blames Mayor De Blasio in Officer Shootings

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