Although the brutal deaths of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were carried out by mentally ill Baltimore resident Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsle, current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has come under scrutiny as many local authorities have turned their back on the man they claim is responsible for the increasing divide between the public and the police.
As thousands have taken to the streets in response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, some police have accused the Mayor of fueling the anti-cop sentiment currently washing across the country. De Blasio, who is married to a Black woman, has spoken openly about the dangers his own son faces, prompting others to accuse him of showing favoritism to protesters.
Over the weekend many authorities made their feelings felt, turning their backs as the Mayor delivered a speech at the funeral for Officer Ramos, a move that prompted outrage from former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and more.
Also displeased was Police Commissioner Bill Bratton who expressed, “I certainly don’t support that action yesterday. I think it was very inappropriate at that event. That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos. And to bring politics, to bring issues into that event I think was very inappropriate and I do not support it.”
The funeral for Officer Liu has been scheduled for January 4, 2015.