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De Blasio Calls For Pause In Protests After Cop-Killing

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been an outspoken critic of the death of Eric Garner and the failure of a grand jury to indict police, has called for a pause in protests following the shooting deaths of two on-duty NYPD officers.

“It’s a time to step back and just focus on these families,” de Blasio said at a Police Athletic League luncheon on Monday, shortly after visiting the mourning families of the slain officers. “Put aside political debates, put aside protests,” he added, referring to the protests against police brutality.

Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot on Saturday by a deranged man seeking “retaliation” for the police killings of Michael Brown and Garner. The man had earlier shot a former girlfriend in Baltimore before taking a bus to New York City. After shooting the officers, he fled to a subway station, where he shot himself.

De Blasio has been directly blamed for the deaths of the officers by figures including former mayor Rudy Giuliani, former governor George Pataki (both Republicans), and the leaders of both the PBA and the Sergeant’s Association.

A video recorded at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn shows dozens of officers turning their backs on the mayor as he visits.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton conceded in an interview on the Today show that the mayor had lost the support of “some” police.

[via NY Daily News]

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