Miosotis Familia, a 48-year old mother of three, was shot in the head point-blank in July of last year. She was gunned down by Alexander Bonds, a career criminal with no clear motive to have shot Familia assassination style, other than to simply kill a police officer.
Bonds’ social media posts show a disdain for law enforcement and reveal that he’d been previously incarcerated (which he also ranted about).
She was honored among others yesterday at the 37th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill.
At the service, Trump was joined on stage by Officer Vincent Maher (Familia’s partner), and Familia’s mother and children. Trump had invited them on stage, in what was only the first unplanned move of the day. “We weren’t going to bring you up, but I looked at you in the audience and I said you have to come up because you’re representing something so important,” he said.
Trump then began to speak about Familia – before stopping himself, deciding that it would be better to allow Officer Maher to speak about her instead. Holding back tears, Maher honored his fallen partner, “This is a woman who got injured a while ago and volunteered to come back to patrol to one of the roughest places in New York City,” Maher said. “She volunteered to leave a cushy job to come back to patrol.”
Why wasn’t this Trending on Twitter? I didn’t see this in the Twitter Moments. pic.twitter.com/8sp3lNGUIm
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) May 16, 2018
When Trump spoke, he was embraced by Familia’s mother, who hugged and held Trump’s hand during his speech, which has been captured in a particularly iconic photo:
You can watch it for yourself below:
Trump also stepped up his commitment to law enforcement during his speeches during that day, reaffirming prior calls for a mandatory death penalty for cop killers.
Despite the touching moment Trump and the mother of Familia shared, the media has largely ignored it. Do you think they would’ve done the same with Obama? Doubtful.
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