After the murders of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos by a man seeking retribution for the recent deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers, New York’s mayor is calling for a halt on protests and political debate until after their funerals.
"I think it's important that regardless of people's viewpoints that everyone step back," said Mayor Bill de Blasio during his speech at the Police Athletic League on Monday. "I think it's a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in all due time.”
De Blasio said it was time to focus on the pain of Ramos and Liu’s families, reported the Associated Press.
"There's a lot of pain," de Blasio said. "It's so hard to make sense of it — how one deeply troubled, violent individual could do this to these good families. And I think it's a time for everyone to take stock that there are things that unite us, there are things that we hold dear as New Yorkers, as Americans.”
Ramos, who was Latino, and Liu, who was Asian, were ambushed on Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley. After shooting the officers, he committed suicide.
Before his violent act, Brinsley shot and wounded his girlfriend, Shaneka Thompson, in Baltimore and posted on Instagram: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours... let’s take 2 of theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPEricGarner #RIPMike Brown,” the BBC reported.
Both Mike Brown and Eric Garner’s families have stepped forward to condemn Brinsley’s actions.