Tensions between the New York Police Department and Mayor Bill de Blasio persisted on Saturday at the funeral of Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers killed in a shooting last week.
Thousands of police officers from across the United States descended on Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York, for the funeral, which celebrated Ramos’ life. U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton spoke at the service, as many officers stood vigil outside the church.
During the service, Bratton named Ramos as the honorary department chaplain for the NYPD’s 84th precinct; Ramos had been studying to be a chaplain before his death. Bratton also awarded Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the other officer killed last week, with posthumous promotions to Detective First Grade.
Scenes from the area around the funeral showed thousands of officers in dress uniform, many coming from other states… see more