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NYPD Shuns De Blasio At The Funeral Of Second Slain Officer

Katie Frates Editor-in-chief of The Daily Walkthrough

NYPD officers turned their backs on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at Wenjian Liu’s funeral Sunday, a week after shunning him at the funeral for Rafael Ramos on Dec. 27, despite Police Commissioner Bill Bratton instructing them not to do so.

Officers Liu and Ramos were shot execution-style in their police car Dec. 20 by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a black man allegedly seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. (RELATED: Hundreds Of Police Officers Turned Against De Blasio At Slain NYPD Officer’s Funeral)

Liu’s widow, Pei Xia Chen, described Liu as proud of being an NYPD officer. “Even though he left us early, I believe that he is still with us,” she said. “His spirit will continue to look after us.”

Wei Tang Liu, his father, described him as “our best friend,” and said it was the “saddest day of his life.”

“Wenjian, you are the best son, you are the best husband,” he said. “Also, you are also our police officer and our best friend.”

Liu was on the force for seven years, and had been married for only two months before he was killed, Fox News reports.

Both officers were posthumously promoted to detectives by Bratton, and Ramos was appointed as an honorary NYPD chaplain, which he had been studying to become, CNN reports.