New York Police officers in dress uniform and other mourners joined outside a New York City church on Friday for the wake of one of two officers who were shot by a man who wanted revenge for the killing of unarmed black men by police, particularly the shooting of Michael Brown according to Reuters News Agency. Two New York Police officers were shot and killed were Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and the man who shot them was Ismaaiyl Brinley who later after the shooting fatally shot himself.
New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York, and Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor were present at the funeral. Thousands of police officers from departments around the country, including those in St. Louis, Atlanta, Boston, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., were expected to join. Also the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden would be among the mourners.
2014 has been a year when the issue of race has played a very key role in America due to so many black people being shot when they were unarmed by white police officers. Brinsley, who was black and wrote online that he wanted to kill police officers because they had targeted black people and was enraged by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Also not to prosecute the officers responsible ignited protests across the country and even the U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about it.