Tuesday, January 6, 2015
lone police officer (shown left) is, I commend him. He didn't join his colleagues in the NYPD who turned their backs on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio during the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn. Many NYPD officers also turned their backs during the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos, Liu's partner, also tragically slain in an ambush in Brooklyn by a mentally unbalanced man. Despite de Blasio's repeated praise for police officers, many objected to his support for the rights of protesters against police violence and his statement, following the Eric Garner decision, that that he warned his biracial son, Dante, to "take special care" around the police. There are apparently officers who are unable to hear the mayor speak honestly about relations between the police and the black community. Regardless of the memo to officers from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton stating that “A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance,” there are members of the NYPD who have used the funerals as opportunities to protest, something they have in common with the loathsome Westboro Baptist Church. The mayor rightly called the protests "disrespectful" to the mourning families and the people of New York. Indeed, such behavior belies the title "New York's Finest" and does not help the city heal from the grievous wounds of recent events.