Embattled New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio executed his protest contingency plan with precision Saturday: Get in and out as quickly as possible to avoid detractors.
That’s the way it looked anyway during slain Officer Wenjian Liu’s wake.
As de Blasio and police Commissioner Bill Bratton headed inside the Aievoli Funeral Home in Brooklyn to pay respects to Liu, neither addressed the media and spent roughly 15 minutes with the Liu family.
“It just shows that de Blasio is worried, and he’s stacking the deck to protect himself and his image,” an anonymous police source told the New York Post, noting that the police commissioner who advised officers in an internal memo that “a hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance” is sticking by his boss’ side. “Bratton will do anything to help him.”
Bratton’s memo asked officers not to turn their backs on de Blasio as they have in the past, and the cops appeared to heed the recommendation, at least at Saturday’s wake, according to the Post. But the newspaper said some officers were plotting outside the funeral home Saturday to coordinate a mass turned-back gesture at today’s funeral.
Liu, 32, and fellow Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, were executed Dec. 20 in what appeared to be a revenge shooting for the officer-involved deaths of unarmed blacks Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Ramos was buried Dec. 27.
Liu, who was newly married and had been on the force seven years when he was gunned down, will be laid to rest today in a Chinese ceremony led by Buddhist monks, followed by a traditional police ceremony with eulogies led by a chaplain. He will be buried at the Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.
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