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Cops turn backs on de Blasio at executed officer’s funeral

Posted by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM
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Cops turn backs on de Blasio at executed officer’s funeral


Cops turn backs on de Blasio at executed officer’s funeral



Mayor de Blasio tried to make peace with the NYPDSaturday but again collided with the Blue Wall of Resentment.

As he took the podium Saturday at the funeral of slain Officer Rafael Ramos, thousands of cops outside the church turned their backs to the video monitors showing the mayor delivering his eulogy inside.

In a gradual wave, the assembled cops nearest the screens and speakers on Myrtle Avenue in Queens began to about-face, until the entire sea of blue stretching two blocks had their backs to the image of the city’s leader.

“Our hearts are aching today. We can feel it physically. We feel it deeply. New York City has lost a hero — a remarkable man because of the depths of his commitment to all around him,” de Blasio said of Ramos.

As he acknowledged the fallen officer’s family, the mayor reached out to the rank-and-file.

“I extend my condolences to another family — the family of the NYPD that is hurting so deeply right now,” said de Blasio.

Officers outside maintained a stony silence throughout the eulogy until de Blasio began to speak in Spanish, which prompted snickers.

The Democratic mayor did find a sympathetic ear in the unlikely form of a Republican predecessor — Rudy Giuliani.

The ex-prosecutor famous for pushing the “broken windows” style of policing when he was mayor — a tactic now under attack by protesters — approached de Blasio when the service ended and the hearse departed.

“We may differ in politics, but when it comes to the safety of this city and our police officers, I am there. I will be supporting you,” Giuliani said.

“Thank you very much, glad to have your support,” de Blasio ­replied, according to a pol who witnessed the exchange.

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Ramos’ grave at the ­Cypress Hills Cemetery.

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De Blasio — who union officials have said has “blood on his hands” for rhetoric that created a dangerous atmosphere for cops and led to the assassinations of Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu — arrived 30 minutes early at the 10 a.m. service at Christ Tabernacle Church with wife Chirlane McCray.

A huge crowd of officers refused to acknowledge de Blasio, who quietly greeted Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his wife before slipping into the funeral home adjoining the Glendale church through a side door.

The execution of Ramos and Liu as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn sparked a tidal wave of anger toward the mayor from the city’s cops, who turned their backs to him as he walked through a hospital corridor a week ago Saturday night after visiting the officers’ grieving families.

Earlier that night, when de Blasio approached a group of NYPD Finest and said, “We’re all in this together,” a stone-faced officer replied, “No, we’re not.”

Many cops have blamed de Blasio for helping to create a climate of distrust of law enforcement, turning them into targets as protests against police swept through the city in the wake of a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a cop in the July death of Eric Garner.

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Things got so heated in the weeks leading up to the killings of Ramos and Liu that the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association demanded that de Blasio stay away from the funerals of officers killed in the line of duty.

A coalition of retired NYPD cops took their anger to new heights Friday by hiring a pilot to fly over the city for hours with a banner reading, “De Blasio, our backs have turned to you.”

After the funeral, about 100 police officers, firefighters and others who had stood vigil for ­Ramos made their way to Teedee’s Tavern, about two blocks from the church.

A firefighter hopped up onto a table, a beer in one hand and a camera in the other, taking pictures of the packed bar.

“Here’s to Ramos! Here’s to the NYPD!” he shouted, to the cheers of those assembled.

“And f–k de Blasio!” he added, raising a raucous response from the crowd.

Garry McCarthy, who served 25 years with the NYPD and is now head of the Chicago Police Department, said the tension between the NYPD and de Blasio “is painful to watch.”


http://nypost.com/2014/12/27/cops-turn-backs-on-de-blasio-as-he-takes-stage-at-funeral/

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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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Many cops have blamed de Blasio for helping to create a climate of distrust of law enforcement,


They're doing a fine job on their own. Wearing shirts that say I can breathe.

Childish behavior for people who are suppose to enforce laws. Not be vigilante killers.
VooDooB
by The Corruptor on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM
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I don't believe it was proven cops were wearing those shirts, merely their "supporters" in which I agree the tee shirts are in very bad taste. So is chanting "what do we want, dead cops". 

de Blasio certainly did create a climate of distrust for LE. Sharpton and the media also are at fault for adding fuel to the fire.

These cops are actually protesting peacefully. Something many people can't seem to grasp.

Quoting -Celestial-: Many cops have blamed de Blasio for helping to create a climate of distrust of law enforcement, They're doing a fine job on their own. Wearing shirts that say I can breathe. Childish behavior for people who are suppose to enforce laws. Not be vigilante killers.


Paigesmommy78
by Bronze Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM
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This whole thing is just a sad mess RIP to the fallen Officers
MonarchMom22
by Bronze Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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 I don't understand using a fellow police officer's funeral as a place to promote your own agenda.  

The man who killed the officers had a decade's long history of violence, incarceration, and crime.  He had already shot a female earlier that day.  He may have spouted anti-police rehetoric, but that was part of a pattern of anti-social and violent behavior.  He had life-long motives - nothing the Mayor said or did caused this shooting.

Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM
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What exactly did de Blasio say that they're so pissed about? Also, they look like children turning their backs on their mean mommies. All that's missing is their arms crossed over their chests and pouty lips. There's got to be a better way to communicate their anger and disappointment.
VooDooB
by The Corruptor on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:05 AM
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Like looting, rioting, and setting buildings on fire.

Quoting Luvnlogic: What exactly did de Blasio say that they're so pissed about? Also, they look like children turning their backs on their mean mommies. All that's missing is their arms crossed over their chests and pouty lips. There's got to be a better way to communicate their anger and disappointment.


Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Yes, exactly.



Quoting VooDooB:

Like looting, rioting, and setting buildings on fire.

Quoting Luvnlogic: What exactly did de Blasio say that they're so pissed about? Also, they look like children turning their backs on their mean mommies. All that's missing is their arms crossed over their chests and pouty lips. There's got to be a better way to communicate their anger and disappointment.

coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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And it's very disrespectful to the grieving family. Protest on your own time. They're no diffeent than the Westboro Baptists who protest at funerals to push their own agenda.

Quoting Luvnlogic: What exactly did de Blasio say that they're so pissed about? Also, they look like children turning their backs on their mean mommies. All that's missing is their arms crossed over their chests and pouty lips. There's got to be a better way to communicate their anger and disappointment.
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VooDooB
by The Corruptor on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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As protesters disrupted many a Thanksgiving day parade and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies across the country - on purpose to push their agenda.

Quoting coolmommy2x: And it's very disrespectful to the grieving family. Protest on your own time. They're no diffeent than the Westboro Baptists who protest at funerals to push their own agenda.
Quoting Luvnlogic: What exactly did de Blasio say that they're so pissed about? Also, they look like children turning their backs on their mean mommies. All that's missing is their arms crossed over their chests and pouty lips. There's got to be a better way to communicate their anger and disappointment.


Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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Yeah, prob not the most apro-pro venue. They may have thought it was showing support for the fallen officers, though. I just think it took away from what they were there for and was akin to putting their hands over their ears and chanting "lalalalala" while he spoke. I do expect law enforcement to conduct themselves in a more distinguished manner than those who turned the protests into riots.

Quoting coolmommy2x: And it's very disrespectful to the grieving family. Protest on your own time. They're no diffeent than the Westboro Baptists who protest at funerals to push their own agenda.

Quoting Luvnlogic: What exactly did de Blasio say that they're so pissed about? Also, they look like children turning their backs on their mean mommies. All that's missing is their arms crossed over their chests and pouty lips. There's got to be a better way to communicate their anger and disappointment.
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