Bill de Blasio was once again snubbed by NYPD officers. This time it was at the funeral of assassinated cop Miosotis Familia on Tuesday in a show of protest over his decision to go to Germany last week in the immediate aftermath of her death.
The Daily Mail reports,
On Tuesday, thousands packed World Changers Church in The Bronx to lay Familia, a single mother-of-three, to rest.
Outside, scores more stood beneath screens and speakers which broadcast the service. When de Blasio appeared on screen, some turned their backs on him in a show of protest over his decision to go to Hamburg last week in the immediate aftermath of the officer’s death, The New York Post reported.
During his unannounced trip, De Blasio spoke at a protest against the then ongoing G-20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg. Bizarrely, he used his appearance at the anti-establishment demonstration to laud his own police force.
The trip meant that he missed a vigil for officer Familia on Saturday. It outraged New York City residents and caught the attention of President Trump criticized it on Twitter.
On Tuesday, de Blasio, in an apparent attempt to redeem himself, gave an impassioned speech calling for increased support of police officers.
Oblivious to the protest outside, he said: ‘We’ve watched with horror these attacks on our police here in New York City and all around our country. It sickens us, and we know they cannot be tolerated, and we know they must end.
‘But in fact,’ he added, ‘we must end it. It’s not a one-way street, my friends. We must help our police in every way, just as we ask them to help us in our moment of need. … They need us to be their eyes and ears. They need our solidarity and support.
Taking aim at protesters and the media for what he sees as too much criticism of officers, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Familia’s death “should remind everybody that the civility of our city rests on a knife’s edge.”
‘Where are the demonstrations for the single mom who cared for her elderly mother and three children?” he asked to a thunderous, extended standing ovation from an audience packed with officers.
‘There is anger and sorrow, but why is there no outrage?’
De Blasio went on to call the Familia a ‘beautiful New York City story’ and said she ’embodied the American spirit’.
‘She embodied the American dream’ and “a beautiful New York City story,’ de Blasio said Tuesday, calling Familia a hero who “lived life the right way.”
The cops’ protest was reminiscent of the 2015 funeral of Wenjian Liu who was also killed by a cop-hating gunman.
At the time, officers thought de Blasio was against them. On Tuesday, the mayor called for outrage over the Familia’s death and said the public ought to support the force now more than ever.
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