In his first public comments on the staging of silent protests by police officers angry at him, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that officers showed no respect for the families of two slain colleagues when they took their demonstrations to the men's funerals.
For years, Wenjian Liu called his father each day to assure him he was safe and had survived another day as a New York City police officer.
Police, firefighters, political leaders and regular New Yorkers stood in long lines in icy rain Saturday and will gather again Sunday to pay tribute to Officer Wenjian Liu, one of two policemen gunned down in an attack that widened a rift between police and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A Libyan man who was expected to be tried in New York this year on charges that he helped Al Qaeda orchestrate the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa has died from “longstanding medical problems,” officials said in court documents filed Saturday.
For the second time in a week, police will gather this weekend to mourn one of their own, Officer Wenjian Liu, whose wake and funeral could show how much, if any, progress has been made toward mending relations between Mayor Bill de Blasio and police officers.
As taps played and her husband’s casket was placed in the hearse, the widow of slain police Officer Rafael Ramos clutched a folded NYPD flag to her heart. Her two sons stood close, one of them gently touching the blue, white and green banner that had covered his father’s coffin.