During the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos, one of two cops who were killed by a gunman in a vicious assassination last weekend, hundreds of police officers watching outside the church on a giant screen turned their backs when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio began to speak inside.
After the killing of the NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu a week ago, many laid blame on de Blasio for what they say was a contribution to anti-police rhetoric following the decision by a grand jury not to indict an NYPD officer for the killing of Eric Garner this past summer.
When the mayor addressed the city last week, many officers at the press conference turned their backs as he made his way past them. Now, as de Blasio spoke to mourners inside Glendale Church, hundreds of police officers standing outside the church watching the remarks on a big screen turned around and refused to watch him speak.
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Reports also say that many officers turned their backs on the mayor yesterday as he arrived at Ramos’ wake.
In addition to remarks by Mayor de Blasio, Vice President Joe Biden, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Police Commissioner William Bratton all took to the podium to speak about Ramos and give their condolences to his wife and children.
Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu have both been posthumously promoted to the highest level of detective in the department, allowing their families to collect more money going forward.