In the Media

Today's Protests are Centuries in the Making

12/29/2014
Gotham Gazette

The tragic deaths of Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu offer New Yorkers an opportunity to have a real conversation about our city's sordid racial history. Racial politics may have come a long way in a city that prides itself on multiculturalism and progressivism, but community memories are long, and discussing the past must be part of moving forward. Mayor de Blasio recently acknowledged that some of the conflicts that have surfaced in recent weeks "go back centuries in their origins."

The Long Blue Line: 20,000-Plus Officers Pay Final Respects to One Who ‘Represented Best Values’

Vice President, Governor, Mayor Offer Tributes
12/29/2014
The Chief

More than 20,000 cops—significant numbers of them from other states—turned out Dec. 27 as the city paid its final respects to Rafael Ramos, the NYPD officer whom Police Commissioner William J. Bratton described as having “represented the best of our values” before he and Wenjian Liu were murdered by a crazed gunman outside a Brooklyn housing project seven days earlier.

Bill de Blasio calls for political debates and protests to cease until slain NYPD cops are buried

‘I think it’s important that, regardless of people’s viewpoints, that everyone recognizes a time to step back and just focus on these families’ the mayor said Monday. But groups that have led the recent rallies don’t plan on backing down. A source said th
12/23/2014
New York Daily News

Stand down!

Mayor de Blasio called Monday for a moratorium on demonstrations and political bombast until the two slain officers who were executed by a lunatic over the weekend are laid to rest.

“I think it’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time,” Hizzoner said at a Police Athletic League luncheon.

“I think it’s important that, regardless of people’s viewpoints, that everyone recognizes a time to step back and just focus on these families.”

Queens plans prayer vigils for NYPD officers slain in Brooklyn

Events at precincts in LIC, Ridgewood, Forest Hills
12/22/2014
Queens Chronicle

Queens officials, clergy and community leaders have organized three events to honor the two police officers assassinated Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn by a career criminal out to avenge the deaths of two black men at the hands of cops this summer.

The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot as they sat in their patrol car outside a housing complex in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The NYPD Wants You to Know It's Shooting Fewer People Than You Think

12/11/2014
Village Voice

Last year, eyewitnesses were certain that 16-year-old Kimani Gray was unarmed when two plainclothes officers shot him seven times in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. But the officers alleged that Gray pointed a .38-caliber Rohm's industry revolver at them.

Aggrieved family members demanded justice. Protests were held. Riots ensued. No one was indicted.

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