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Police Outside Cop Funeral Turn Backs on Mayor de Blasio



    Officers Appear to Turn Backs as Mayor Speaks at Funeral

    Some of the thousands of NYPD and other police officers lined up outside the Queens church where funeral services for Rafael Ramos were held appear to turn their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks. (Published Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014)

    Hundreds of officers outside the church where a funeral was held for a policeman killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke during Saturday's service.

    The reaction from officers watching Officer Rafael Ramos' funeral on giant TV screens followed comments from police union officials who had said Mayor Bill de Blasio contributed to a climate of mistrust that contributed to the killings of the two NYPD officers.

    Inside Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, however, mourners gave de Blasio polite applause before and after his speech.

    In response to the back-turning incident, de Blasio deputy press secretary Wiley Norvell said in a statement: "The Ramos and Liu families, our police department and our city are dealing with an unconscionable tragedy. Our sole focus is unifying this city and honoring the lives of our two police officers."

    EXCLUSIVE: NYPD Union Chief: Cops Are Angry, Worried

    [NY] EXCLUSIVE: NYPD Union Chief: Cops Are Angry, Worried
    In this exclusive interview with NBC 4 New York's Andrew Siff, New York's PBA President Pat Lynch stands by his controversial comments over the weekend blaming the mayor and City Hall for the shooting deaths of New York City police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. He describes the current mindset of NYPD officers, and says they'll act "professionally" when the mayor appears at Ramos' funeral this weekend.
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014)

    Police union officials have blamed de Blasio for fostering anti-police sentiment for his support of protesters angry that no charges will be filed in the police deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner on Staten Island. At a hospital after the officers' slayings, the police union's president, Patrick Lynch, and others turned their backs on de Blasio in a sign of disrespect. Lynch said the mayor had "blood on his hands."

    Weeks before the shooting, Lynch had suggested that officers sign a petition requesting that the mayor not attend their funerals were they to die in the line of duty.

    De Blasio has stood firmly by the police since the shooting, calling on the demonstrators to temporarily halt their protests and praising officers after the police department announced the arrest of a seventh person since the shooting for making threats against police.

    De Blasio and Lynch nodded at each other as they exited the church Saturday and lined up to wait for the casket.

    A block from the church, retired NYPD Officer John Mangan held a sign that read: "God Bless the NYPD. Dump de Blasio."

    "If the mayor really wanted to do the right thing, he would have gotten into an NYPD car and rode around Bed Stuy and see the difficult jobs these cops do every day," Mangan said. "The bottom line is there should be more signs out here in support of these cops."

    WATCH: Mayor: "Are You Going to Keep Dividing Us?"

    [NY] Mayor's Testy Response About Anti-Cop Chants During Protests
    In a testy response to a reporter's question about hateful anti-NYPD chants during protests, Mayor de Blasio questions whether media "will keep dividing us" by "pulling up the few who do not represent the majority, who are saying unacceptable things, who shouldn't be saying these things." He continues: "I don't see reports on the many decent good people [who protest peacefully], I don't see reports on the everyday cops who do the exemplary thing and hold the line and show restraint and discipline, no matter what invective is hurled at them... That's how you want to portray the world, but we know a different reality."
    (Published Monday, Dec. 22, 2014)

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