By Udo Salters
The funeral for New York City Police Officer Ramos was held on Saturday December 20th at the Christ Tabernacle on Myrtle Avenue. Ramos and his Partner Police Officer Wenjian Liu were shot in their police car in Brooklyn. Police reported Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the gun man, came from Baltimore MD and killed to the two officers. Additionally, Ismaaiyl referenced Eric Garner and Mike Brown on Social Media.
The funeral service scheduled for 10AM was attended by Police Officers from various states and various branches. The thousands of officers who came to pay their respect flooded the streets around church on Myrtle Avenue and the surrounding streets. A huge screen and speakers were set up on the street a few blocks away from the church for the sea of blue who could not get into the church.
Some key politicians spoke at the service beginning with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, New York Governor Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and New York City Police Commishinor William F. Bratton. When Mayor Bill De Blasio appeared on the screen outside, many Police Officers turned their back to the screen. Some Police Officers have been disappointed with the Mayor’s actions and comments during the various protests in New York City after the decision in the Eric Garner case, which has been vocalized by Pat Lynch of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
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When the service ended in the church the sound on the screen outside was turned off. There was a sad silence as the funeral procession began.