NYPD Officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he was speaking, at the funeral of Detective Wenjian Liu
Despite the prior request of NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, that a funeral is for grieving not grievances; a lone officer stands front on Sunday. Hundreds of officers witnessing the funeral of Detective Wenjian Liu, turned their backs on the screen as Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke…again. The officers deliberately turned their backs as The Mayor honored one of the detectives, who were slain execution-style while he and his partner sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn on December 20, 2014.
Pei Xia Chen, the wife of Det. Wenjian Liu, leaves the funeral for her slain husband Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch has blamed The Mayor for supporting demonstrators who took to city streets protesting against police brutality, rather than backing the NYPD. Lynch said
Blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall.
It beyond City Hall. Police brutality and gun violence are issues the entire judicial system must face. If the NYPD continues to disobey authority, what kind of example are they setting as authority figures? L. Londell McMillan, The Source‘s owner and publisher, spoke out about the events that have transpired in Brooklyn, and perhaps it can be a word of advise to the NYPD. Funerals should be for honoring those lost and respecting the family of their fellow officers; not for demonstrating protesting tactics.
I am deeply saddened about the loss of life on any level including the execution of these police officers. I hope this tragic violence does not escalate. Law enforcement officers who serve the public should not be ambushed. I grew up in these housing projects and we cannot attribute this tragedy to all people there or to protesters fighting for justice. It is a tragedy and we all must learn from it. – L. Londell McMillan
-Infinite Wiz (@InfiniteWiz)