After the murder of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjiun Liu—resulting in widespread outrage over the rhetoric of key public figures, including President Obama—the president reached out to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton to “express condolences” and offer his support in the coming weeks.
Sunday, Commissioner Bratton sent a message via Twitter to law enforcement officers calling for departments to “put the flags at half-mast” after two of NYPD’s finest were “targeted for their uniform”:
Put the flags at half-mast. Today, two of our officers were shot and killed, with no warning, no provocation, in the 079 Precinct. They were assassinated — targeted for their uniform, and for the responsibility they embraced: to keep the people of this city safe.
Police Officer Wenjian Liu and Police Officer Rafael Ramos will be remembered. They will join a line that is too long, a line of partners who served together and made the ultimate sacrifice together. . . . We will not forget them, and we will not forget the oath they took — that we all took, too — but for which they died.
And to all members of the service, be safe.
Scrambling to handle the increasingly tense situation, particularly in New York, President Obama phoned the commissioner to offer his sympathy and support:
President Barack Obama phoned Bratton to express condolences for the killings and to offer support in the coming days and weeks. Obama reiterated his call for the American people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.
Both embattled Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are likewise attempting to stop the bleeding by voicing full support of law enforcement. After visiting the Ramos family, Gov. Cuomo called the dual murders “crushing” and both a “personal tragedy” and a “tragedy for the state of New York”:
I spoke to Mrs. Liu and Mrs. Ramos and the boys and they’re shocked, they’re stunned as one would expect so it’s just a personal tragedy that happened this time of year — it’s just crushing. You can see that Mr. Ramos was very much a family man and was very close to his boys and what they were accomplishing, so it’s a personal tragedy. It’s also a tragedy for the City of New York and for the state of New York.
Meanwhile, the NAACP is doing its best to redirect the blame from Democrat leaders, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks declaring to reporters Sunday that it’s “not fair” to blame New York Democrats for the execution-style shooting of the officers:
I don’t believe it’s fair to link the criminal insanity of a lone gunman to the peaceful protest and aspirations of many people across the country, including the attorney general, the mayor, and the president is simply not fair.