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NYPD Officers Again Protest De Blasio At Funeral

Submitted by on January 4, 2015 – 5:26 pmNo Comment
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Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Officer Wenjian Liu, killed in the line of duty, was laid to rest on Sunday. And once again, hundreds of the 25,000 police officers in attendance turned their backs in silent protest as Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke.

Liu and his partner, Rafael Ramos, were shot as they sat in their police car in the middle of the day on a quiet Brooklyn corner by a deranged man supposedly seeking vengeance for recent police killings of unarmed black men. Ramos was laid to rest a week ago, in a similarly well-attended service, where officers also turned their backs on de Blasio.

Every since the shooting of the officers, tempers have flared between the NYPD and the mayor they perceive as not supporting them. Police union spokesperson Pat Lynch claimed the mayor had the dead officer’s “blood on his hands” for his rhetoric. Lynch presumably referred to de Blasio’s statement that he and his wife have discussed with their son, who is black, how he needs to take special care when dealing with police.

In the wake of the deaths of Ramos and Liu, de Blasio did call for a pause in the protests over police brutality. But that was not enough to stop police from circulating petitions to have de Blasio not attend their funerals if they are killed in the line of duty, and for the force to enact a work slow-down that the union has denied orchestrating.

Speaking at the ceremony, Liu’s widow described him as “my hero.” Liu’s father described how his son would always call at the end of the day to say that he was safe and coming home.

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