Thousands of NYPD officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as his speech at Officer Rafael Ramos’s funeral Saturday morning.
The NYPD’s ceremonial unit gave Officer Ramos’s widow an American flag.
Last Saturday, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley shot Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in their patrol car, parked at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Area of Brooklyn at 2:47 PM. Earlier that day, Brinsley posted a photo of a gun with the caption, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGarner #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post… I’m Putting Pigs in A Blanket.” Brinsley shot himself in a G-Train subway station after ambushing the officers.
“It’s difficult to find the words,” New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said last Saturday night. “They were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform.”
The pictures are courtesy of several guys on Twitter who say that the move seemed spontaneous rather than pre-arranged. It started as waves moving through the officers over several blocks after initially facing the Mayor.
De Blasio wasn’t wanted at the service and he knew it, yet he was there anyway and gave a speech. In the mayoral capacity it was the right thing to do, but considering that he’s guilty of fomenting the racism, this particular job should have been handed off to a subordinate.