The memorial site erected for NYPD slain police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos was reportedly crashed by protesters on Monday, who used the opportunity to yell at groups of police who were paying their respects to the cops.
CNN Reporter Sara Ganim says the scene was a peaceful one at first, but then a disturbance was heard. The correspondent said a “few” people could be seen and heard yelling at police officers, who were standing by the memorial of candles, flowers and posters in silence, reports The Blaze.
“And they’re yelling similar rhetoric that we’ve been hearing over the last couple of weeks related to the shooting of – the chokehold death of Eric Garner and the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri,” Ganim said. “So it’s very, you know, sentiments that we’ve been hearing.”
Liu and Ramos were killed execution-style in their police vehicle in Brooklyn on Saturday, by a man who had announced on his Instagram page that he was planning to kill police officers to avenge the deaths of Garner and Brown.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been criticized in recent days for reportedly not doing enough to protect the police force, visited the slain cops’ relatives on Monday and called for protesters to stop demonstrating until the officers are laid to rest, reports the New York Daily News.
“It’s time to step back and just focus on these families,” de Blasio said. “Put aside political debates, put aside protests. That should be our only concern: How do we support them? Let’s see them through the funerals.”