Despite an effort by Commissioner Bill Bratton to shame police officers into what he deems proper behavior, thousands of NYPD members again turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he eulogized fallen Officer Wenjian Liu.
Numerous NYPD members had already turned their backs on de Blasio as he entered a hospital to pay respects to two officers executed in late December. They did so again at the funeral for fallen Officer Rafael Ramos.
Police officers have been fed up with the Mayor, who has referred to police action in the Eric Garner case as being guided by “centuries of racism” and saying he had to tell his son Dante, who is biracial, that he should never reach for his cellphone when interacting with police because he ‘might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color’ by police.
De Blasio continued to spit in the face of his own police force when it was discovered that he was privately organizing a campaign to smear any police officers that attempted to embarrass him.
Despite that organized campaign, and the Commissioner’s attempts to get the NYPD to stand down, the police officers remain united in their fight against the race-baiting mayor.
One officer stated that he would “continue to turn my back whenever I hear (de Blasio) speak because he disrespected me” and the murdered police officers.
Another said he couldn’t “stand even looking at him” while still another charged that de Blasio is “a joke, everything he says today, he’s doing it to cover his a- -.”
Over 23,000 people attended the funeral for Officer Ramos, while another 28,000 were in attendance to pay their respects to Officer Liu. Officials are saying it was the largest NYPD funeral ever.
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