The Daily News and New York Post said it was hundreds of cops, the AP said thousands, whichever it was it is clear that many of NY’s Finest ignored Commissioner Bratton’s request and turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke at Officer Liu’s funeral.
On Friday New York City’s Police Commissioner William Bratton sent out an internal memorandum to NYPD police officers who indented on attending Sunday’s funeral for slain officer Wenjian Liu warning them that they shouldn’t repeat their disrespectful behavior towards Mayor Bill de Blasio or anyone that officers believe contributed to the anti-police sentiment especially in black communities.
Last Saturday, the New York City Police Department buried a hero. Tens of thousands of officers from our department and hundreds of other departments came to show respect for Detective First Grade Rafael Ramos. His family witnessed the kind of love that only his second family in blue could display. But for the last seven days, the city’s and the country’s consciousness of that funeral has focused on an act of disrespect shown by a portion of those tens of thousands of officers. It was not all the officers, and it was not disrespect directed at Detective Ramos, but all the officers were painted by it. And it stole the valor, honor, and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory of Detective Rafael Ramos’s life and sacrifice. That was not the intent, I know, but it was the result.”
Bratton is a good man trying to protect his boss, but just as the protesters marching through the city have the right to peaceful protest, so do the Police officers who put their lives on the line to protect that right:
May God ease the pain of all of Officer Liu’s mourners, and May the Mayor apologize to the NYPD and begin supporting and protecting NY’s Finest.