Peace and Blessings to all those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The New York Police Department Officers (NYPD) who turned their backs on Mayor De Blasio are wrong yet again! The funeral for Officer New York Police Officer Winjian Liu was held yesterday. Thousands attended to pay their respects and to see if the “Blue Wall” would turn its back on the Mayor.
The funeral was shown live on CNN, I did not watch. But I have seen the news clips and read a number of newspapers today about the ceremony. Officer Liu’s wife of three months did a wonderful job and her best to keep her composure as she brought forth her message to the world. It was a very sad eulogy but she did a wonderful job.
It is sad that the same NYPD Officers Mrs. Liu was thanking and actually calling her second family, her “Blue” family were yet again showing no respect to the Mayor. Where is the reverence towards the Office? They yet again turned the attention away from the family suffering and placed it on them.
In the past few months the conversation around Law Enforcement and their interaction with the public has been pushed to the limits. Or so, we thought. Until this country is willing to discuss “the root” of this problem – racism (institutional racism) – we will not advance to a better society. I find it amazing that so many NYPD Officers came out for both of these Officers funerals. I wonder if the NYPD Officers who came and turned their backs on the Mayor ever spoke to Officer Ramos or Liu or any other officer who looks like them.
It is a known fact that racism and racial tensions are high among most large city police departments and NYPD is not exempt. I am not saying that those Officers were racist but it is odd that they are so ready to stand up for these men now that they are gone.
A few NYPD Officers who have spoken out about how they do not support these actions of back turning on the Mayor. Many who have stated this are usually Officers who are of diverse backgrounds. They have spoken out about the way they are treated by their fellow Officers. When they are in “the Blue” they get respect – not all that they should get – but a little. And when they are out of uniform in their “street clothes” they have to take the same precautions that Mayor De Blasio spoke so eloquently about giving to his son, a young African American man.
Many have been thrown up against a wall, onto the ground, “roughed up” and harmed by their fellow Officers when they were off duty and in their civilian clothes. They have even feared for their lives as they explain to the NYPD Officer/s and try to pull out their badge to identify themselves as a fellow bother in “Blue”.
The anger around Mayor De Blasio is based on a statement he made at a press conference about his African American son. When we will be able to discuss this?
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