On Friday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton appealed to the "tradition, honor, and decency" of his force, asking them to refrain from using the funeral of murdered officer Wenjian Liu as a venue for protest. On Sunday, thousands of cops rejected that request, turning their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the service.
Thousands of officers turn their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at Officer Wenjian Liu's funeral. pic.twitter.com/8NLELidFeZ
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) January 4, 2015
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Last weekend, police staged a similar protest at the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the other officer killed in Brooklyn last month. In his plea, Bratton called that performance an "act of disrespect" that "stole the valor, honor, and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory of Detective Rafael Ramos's life and sacrifice."
"He is my soul mate," said widow Pei Xia Chen. "My hero."
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