Emotional Photos Show Fellow Officers Honoring A Fallen NYPD Cop
The middle-class Queens neighborhood of Glendale was transformed Saturday by the funeral for the NYPD officer assassinated the week before.
Thousands of officers swarmed the streets to honor Officer Rafael Ramos, a 40-year-old father of two, who was killed alongside his partner, Wenjian Liu, while sitting in their patrol car the previous Saturday. Police identified the killer as Ismaaiyl Brinsley and said he had targeted the officers as revenge for the controversial deaths of unarmed black men during arrests in Staten Island, New York, and Ferguson, Missouri.
"Every time I attend a cop's funeral, I pray that it will be the last," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said at the funeral, according to his prepared remarks. "But I know it won't. As I watch the casket carried past all those salutes, I wish it weren't real. But it is."
According to The New York Times, services for Liu have been delayed so families members can make arrangements to travel from China.
View photos from Saturday's event below.