Yesterday two NYPD police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy area were shot – assassinated was the word Police Commission Bratton used -- while they had lunch.
The officers, Wenjuan Liu and Rafael Ramos, both had families. The officers were eating. They were probably talking about their plans for the Christmas holidays. Officer Liu was just married. Officer Ramos had a thirteen year old son. They were not making an arrest. They were not pursuing a criminal. They were eating in their patrol car. And they were gunned down solely because the wore the uniform of the NYPD.
This morning a third NYPD officer just escaped with his life when a man shooting out windows of apartment building in the Bronx turned his gun on the officer and pulled the trigger at point blank range. Fortunately for the officer, the man had run out of bullets.
We at IconcNYC mourn the senseless deaths of officers Wenjuan Liu and Rafael Ramos. We cannot imagine the sense of loss and grief of their families. We feel great sadness for them – especially at this time of year. To bury their loved ones on Christmas eve. The magic of the holiday season will forever have given way to the horror of this tragedy.
By not condemning protesters, in the strongest words possible, when chanting, “We want Dead Cops Now ” Mayor de Blasio condones it.
Mayor deBlasio when first told of the deaths speak of not politicizing them and yet he indicts the police with his words,
“Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers that he may face – good young man, law abiding young man, never would think to do anything wrong, and yet because of the history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face. We’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him,” he said.
“I’ve had to worry over the years. Chirlane’s had to worry. Is Dante safe each night? There are so many families in this city who feel that each and every night. Is my child safe?...Are they safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors?”
Mr. Mayor, the New York Police Department is not perfect. No institution is. But the #NYPD is widely recognized as the Finest Police Department in the World and your role as Mayor is to support them and the work they do to protect ALL New Yorkers. Your roles is not denigrate the men and woman of the force and the work they do.
Mr. Mayor, I know my parents now live in more fear for my safety when I walk home from school. But not because of the police, but because your actions make this city less safe. It make less safe because police are now worried they will be targeted for execution. It make it less safe because police now have to worry that City Hall will not support them. It makes it less safe because with the police attention pre-occupied on other issues they cannot focus as much on terrorism and other concerns this city faces.
So while you retreat behind the fence you built at Gracie Mansion – hidden from public view – I ask you to stop playing politics. This is not some Sandinista third world country. This is NYC and New Yorkers want to live safely. The renaissance NYC could not have occurred without the NYPD and without them and their efforts New York City will begin to resemble its former image of the 1970’s rather than the OZ that so many of us love.