“Don’t Turn Your Back”: NYPD Commissioner Has A Strict Message For Officers

 

AP/Gawker

AP/Gawker

As NYPD prepare to lay to rest one of their own, the police commissioner has a strict message for those in attendance, “don’t turn your back on the Mayor.”

Per New York Post:

TO: All Commands, All Members

RE: Comportment at the Funeral of Detective First Grade Wenjian Liu

A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance.

Last Saturday, the New York City Police Department buried a hero. Tens of thousands of officers from our department and hundreds of other departments came to show respect for Detective First Grade Rafael Ramos. His family witnessed the kind of love that only his second family in blue could display. But for the last seven days, the city’s and the country’s consciousness of that funeral has focused on an act of disrespect shown by a portion of those tens of thousands of officers. It was not all the officers, and it was not disrespect directed at Detective Ramos. But all officers were painted by it, and it stole the valor, honor, and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory of Detective Rafael Ramos’s life and sacrifice. That was not the intent, I know. But it was the result.

On Sunday, we will gather together again, with the rest of New York City and law enforcement officials nationwide, to mourn for Detective First Grade Wenjian Liu. We gather to support his parents, his widow, and everyone who is there to remember a life tragically cut short.

The assassination of Detectives Liu and Ramos was an attack on us all. As a cop, one who lived and worked through the assassination threats of the 1970s, I understand that emotions are high. 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.

William J. Bratton

Police Commissioner

**To be read and/or viewed and displayed at all roll calls on Friday January 2, Saturday January 3, and Sunday January 4**

 

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