Dissident officers in the NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association will challenge Patrick Lynch in an election for the union’s top leadership position next June, reports Juan Gonzalez of the New York Daily News.

Lynch accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of having “blood on his hands” for a gunman’s murder of two officers in December. Lynch later spearheaded a two-week arrest and summons slowdown by NYPD officers.

Gonzalez attributes the challenge for the union leadership in part to a changing NYPD demographic that has seen officers of color become the majority on the force in recent years. Lynch, in his post for 15 years, has not been challenged since 2003.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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