Mayor de Blasio Asks for Protests to be Halted Until After Police Officers’ Funerals

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (C) and New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton (R) speak at a press conference regarding two police officers who were killed on Saturday on December 22, 2014 in New York, NY. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (C) and New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton (R) speak at a press conference regarding two police officers who were killed on Saturday on December 22, 2014 in New York, NY. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says protests and political debate over police tactics should be halted until the funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car.

De Blasio said Monday in a speech that it was time to support the families of the officers and show them respect. He says Saturday’s ambush killing was an attack on “all police.”

The mayor and Police Commissioner William Bratton met with relatives Monday of Officers Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL’ RAH’-mohs) and Officer Wenjian Liu (WEHN’-jihn LOO’).

The two were shot and killed by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl (IHSH’-mayl) Brinsley on Saturday afternoon. Brinsley ran into a subway station and killed himself on the platform.

De Blasio says that New Yorkers should thank and console police officers on the street.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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