At the funeral of the second police officer Wenjian Liu, many police officers of NYPD turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio again according to latest reports from Reuters News Agency. New York city Police Commissioner Bill Bratton had asked the officers to show their grief and not use the funeral as a platform to show grievance. This all started after there was a nationwide protest against police treatment of Blacks and other minority communities and the lack of support given to them by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Officer Liu, 32, and his partner Rafael Ramos was 40 when they were shot and killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who wanted to avenge the killings black men particularly Michael Brown and Eric Garner who both died in police custody. In both case, grand juries decided not to indict the officers involved which led to protests all over America.
The Mayor while speaking at the funeral of Officer Liu said “New York has been from its earliest days a most tolerant of cities ... but there have always been times when that harmony has been challenged, and Let us rededicate ourselves to those great New York traditions of mutual understanding and living in harmony.” He also said “Detective Wenjian Liu was a good man. He walked a path of courage, a path of sacrifice, a path of kindness.”
The turning of the back is sign of protest because many police officers felt the Mayor was not supportive to them when they faced strong protests by the public at large and the lack of support shown by Mayor Bill de Blasio who had to walk the tight rope of showing solidarity with the protesters which did not go too well the police force.