NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has requested that police not make any bold statements at the wake for one of the officers killed in Brooklyn last week. Officers Ramon Ramos and Wenjian Liu were fatally shot by Ismaaiyl Brinsley while sitting in their car on Dec. 20. Members of the NYPD turned their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio at Ramos' service last week, a move that Bratton called "very inappropriate."
According to the Associated Press, Bratton issued a memo to the police department:
A hero's funeral is about grieving, not grievance. I issue no mandates, and I make no threats of discipline, but I remind you that when you don the uniform of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor and decency that go with it.
It's been reported that officers turned their backs to screens when de Blasio spoke at Ramos' service (and on other occasions) because they feel he took an "anti-police" stance by expressing an understanding of Eric Garner supporters and their motives.
The Associated Press adds that the 32-year-old Liu's wake will be held at Aievoli Funeral Home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. His funeral service is scheduled for tomorrow. Earlier this week, it was announced that two streets in Brooklyn will be co-named in honor of Liu and Ramos.
[via Associated Press]