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By JONATHAN LEMIRE | AP

NEW YORK (AP) - One of New York City's police unions is opposing the city's bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association took out a full page ad Tuesday in The New York Times to declare that it would not support the bid.

The ad claims that the city is "lurching backwards to the bad old days of high crime." It criticizes Mayor Bill de Blasio's public safety policy.

A spokesman for de Blasio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

New York is one of five cities vying to land the convention. The DNC's selection committee visited the city earlier this month.

A decision is expected by early next year.

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