Will the rift between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police he is charged with commanding ever be healed?
Despite calls from Commissioner Bill Bratton to city police asking them to not turn their backs on de Blasio again thousands of officers did just that Sunday when the embattled mayor eulogized called New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu, the Associated Press reported.
“He walked a path of courage, a path of sacrifice and a path of kindness,” de Blasio said at the services. “This who he was, and he was taken from us much too soon.”
But his words don’t seem to matter much to the police officers.
Several reporters and citizens on the scene took to Twitter with pictures of the officers turning their backs on the mayor they believe turned his back on them long ago.
Thousands of officers turn their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at Officer Wenjian Liu’s funeral. pic.twitter.com/8NLELidFeZ
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) January 4, 2015
Number of officers ignore Commissioner Bratton’s plea & TURN THEIR BACKS on de Blasio http://t.co/Icv5lx0U8i #tcot pic.twitter.com/IJyPYk7eLZ
— slone (@slone) January 4, 2015
NYPD turns it’s backs on Mayor DeBlasio again. pic.twitter.com/wZY255p6Tf
— Anne Thompson (@annenbcnews) January 4, 2015
“@Breaking911: NYPD Turn Their Backs on De Blasio at Fallen Officer’s Funeral [PHOTOS] – http://t.co/kbo4feHqK7 pic.twitter.com/tmOxkbcwvl”
— KILLFACE (@IAMKILLFACE) January 4, 2015
“Nearly all cops turned their backs on #deblasio at #WenjianLiu‘s funeral. Nearly.” – @aymanndotcom pic.twitter.com/iwoHICzGrc
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) January 4, 2015
Thousands turn their backs on de Blasio at slain officer funeral despite CommissBratton’s plea. pic.twitter.com/Y4hrbGozoa
— Patty Jahner (@PattyJahner) January 4, 2015
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