New York Police Department officers once again turned their backs to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos on Saturday.
The service was held at Christ Tabernacle Church, and de Blasio received polite applause from mourners, The Blaze reports. Other speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, ABC News reports. “He was a New York City Police Officer, and he was, he is a hero,” Bratton said.
Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot execution-style in their cop car Dec. 20 by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a black man allegedly seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Biden said the attacks “touched the soul of the entire nation.”
“This is probably the finest police department in the world, the finest police department in the world. They earn that praise,” Biden said. “When an assassin’s bullet targeted two officers, it targeted this city and it touched the soul of the entire nation.”
Officers, including police union president Patrick Lynch, turned their backs on de Blasio at a Dec. 20 press conference following the shootings.