Today, thousands of uniformed police personnel from all across the country assembled in the New York City borough of Queens to bid a final farewell to a fallen comrade. That was officer Rafael Ramos, a 40-year-old father of two, who was senselessly gunned down a week ago today by a black psychopath who was whipped into an emotional frenzy by the anti-police messages delivered by the president, Attorney General Eric Holder, and New York mayor Bill de Blasio.
Although the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association had urged its members to sign “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waivers, effectively disinviting the mayor from attending their funerals in the event they died in the line of duty, the assassination of officer Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, took place before either policeman had a chance to act. The Ramos family nevertheless agreed to allow de Blasio to attend today’s service and even say a few words inside the church.
As he did, his comments were broadcast outside on giant screens. As the photo below reveals, the rank-and-file men in blue who attended had a message of their own for the mayor. As one unidentified mourner reportedly said, “You turned your back on us first.”
Despite calls for his resignation, de Blasio has attempted instead to ride out the storm, even asking anti-police protesters to hold off on further demonstrations until after the burial of both the officers killed last week. Maybe the fact that not even these individuals who share his view about the police are willing to listen should prompt him to reconsider.
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