A video posted Saturday shows New York police officers turning their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio as he made his way to the police press conference to address the execution-style shooting of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn earlier that day.
The two officers, identified as Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were shot while sitting in their marked patrol car around 2:47 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Tompkins Ave and Myrtle Ave in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The officers were pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital.
Officials say the suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, ran into a nearby subway where he shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital.
After de Blasio spoke disparagingly of law enforcement in the height of the Eric Garner protests, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association issued a statement for the use of police officers requesting that Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito not attend their funerals. Here is the text of PBA’s request:
I, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty.
Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.
Video via Pix11 News.