Slain NYPD Officer Liu's Funeral, Officers Turn Backs To Mayor

Slain NYPD Officer Liu’s funeral on Sunday had thousands of police officers in attendance, and many turned their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio when he delivered a eulogy.

Officers also turned their backs for the funeral of Ramos last week. Rafael Ramos was Liu’s partner, and the two were gunned down in their patrol car on Dec. 20.

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton warned officers on Friday to not turn their backs to de Blasio. Bratton didn’t want anything to deter from the “valor, honor, and attention” that belonged to Liu.

Bratton also said, “A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance.”

Similar to Ramos, officers from around the country lined the streets in southern Brooklyn for the slain NYPD Officer Liu’s funeral.

Wenjian Liu, 32, was born in China and moved to the United States with the goal of becoming an NYPD officer. He served on the force for seven years before he was killed.

Liu is believed to be the first Chinese-American NYPD officer killed while on duty. Observances for his funeral combined Chinese and Buddhist customs with what is typically done for a fallen NYPD officer.

For Liu’s eulogy, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “When he joined the NYPD he knew his family would worry about him. So he did one of those caring acts that showed the good in him. At the end of every work day he called his father to tell his family he was safe and was on his way home.”

Liu married Pei Xia Chen two months before his death. At  his funeral the widow told him, “I love you forever.”

Chen thanked those who attended the funeral. “I thank you for sharing this moment with me, with us, with our family, to reflect on the goodness of his soul and the wonderful man that he is. He is my soul mate…my best friend.”

Police officers turning their backs on de Blasio at the slain NYPD Officer Liu’s funeral show how tensions remain high in regards to law enforcement and community interactions. Many across the country continue to protest the force police officers use against blacks and other minorities. Meanwhile, officers feel disrespected and unsafe after the deaths of Ramos and Liu, and many in New York contribute the tensions to de Blasio who has criticized police tactics in the past.

[Photo Credit: Red Carlisle]