The family of slain New York Police Department officer Rafael Ramos said they were disappointed that Mayor de Blasio didn’t visit to express his condolences on Sunday.
“It would be nice for him to come here and say something to us that can lift our spirits and give us hope for the future,” Ronnie Gonzalez, Ramos’ cousin, said.
The comment followed a visit from Governor Cuomo to the Ramos family at their Brooklyn home. Cuomo also delivered a phone call to officer Wenjian Liu’s widow, who said she was too distraught to see him in person.
Gonzalez argued that de Blasio’s lack of appearance was a terrible “act of cowardice.” Despite the no-show, Gonzalez said de Blasio would still be welcome to visit.
“We’re not disrespectful. We’re not going to throw him out,” Gonzalez said. “We want to bury our cousin and our son and grieve in peace.”
During a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton appeared alongside friends and family of both officers. However, de Blasio fell under the radar following the service. Even as he left the mass, de Blasio refused to answer questions as he hopped into an SUV.
Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly blamed de Blasio for inspiring anti-police action following the grand jury’s decision in the death of Eric Garner, which could explain his recent absences. Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani also credited de Blasio for encouraging anti-police sentiment.