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Hundreds of Cops Turn Backs on De Blasio at Funeral

Submitted by on December 27, 2014 – 7:45 pmNo Comment

Tensions between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD escalated this weekend when hundreds of officers turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke at the funeral of a slain officer.

De Blasio has been critical of the police since before he took office, campaigning on a promise to revoke the “stop-and-frisk” policy. And in the wake of the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black Staten Island man suspected of illegally selling cigarettes, de Blasio reiterated that he has “trained” his son Dante (who is biracial and sports an afro) in how to behave in any interactions with police.

Officer Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu were shot and killed last week by an unstable man, who had made threats against police on social media, mentioning Garner and Ferguson police shooting victim Michael Brown. In the wake of their deaths, police union leader Pat Lynch said that de Blasio had “blood on his hands” for using so-called anti-police rhetoric. Lynch also encouraged officers to sign a petition telling de Blasio not to come to their funerals if they are killed in the line of duty.

Officers had earlier turned their backs on de Blasio when he visited the hospital where Ramos and Liu were treated.

Ramos, 40, was a father of two, and was reportedly training to become a police chaplain. Funeral plans have not yet been announced for Liu.

[via VICE News]

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