The service was very solemn. Liu's wife spoke poignantly of her husband and of how he was her hero. Many tears were shed.
When Mayor De Blasio got up to speak most of the officers in attendance silently turned their backs on him in protest of his recent public denigration and condemnation of the department as racists, even after Commissioner Bratton asked them not to do it. De Blasio, who has made a couple of lame attempts to mend the rift (that were half-hearted at best) whined about the protest saying the officers who participated "showed disrespect to the families involved."
“Those individuals who took certain actions the last two weeks, they were disrespectful to the families involved. That’s the bottom line,” de Blasio said at a news conference on Monday. “I can’t understand why anyone would do such a thing in the context like that.”
Liberal spin at its very best. Mayor De Blasio knows the protests were aimed directly at him and were in no way disrespectful to the fallen officers or their families. In fact, those families might have encouraged the silent protest if circumstances had been different for them. They know the truth about De Blasio throwing the department under the bus.
Sadly, Commissioner Bratton backs the mayor instead of his own department. The rift grows wider every day.
A black man in New York was arrested last week for posting a picture on the internet of a black man firing a handgun into a police vehicle. Devon Coley posted the picture on Facebook with the caption "73Nextt," a caption police took to mean the 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn. The picture was posted just hours following the executions of two NYPD officers.
Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson released Coley without bail even though Coley is allegedly already facing charges for assault and gun possession in separated cases. She also released a second man, also without bail, who assaulted a police officer and put him in the hospital and who told the arresting officers he would “find out where you live” and “get you,” according to court papers.
“You will die!” he allegedly ranted.
“You will die!” he allegedly ranted.
According to news reports the judge, who just days after these actions was appointed to another term by Mayor De Blasio, justified her actions in court by saying the incident '“appears to have been an extraordinarily emotion-laden and hectic situation,” adding that it would be “wrong” to impose bail “because of the current climate.”'
I wonder how she'll feel if one of those suspects follows through on their threat(s) in the next few days?
In related incidents, protesters still promoting the "hands up - don't shoot" myth barged into restaurants in New York and California on Sunday, in mostly white neighborhoods, telling white restaurant patrons they "have not right to be here."
Later on Twitter several posts appeared that allowed people to see that rather than a true cause the protest was about hatred brought on by spreading ignorance.
And still a third (by the same person who posted the second) stated "Right now black&brown folks disrupting business as usual AKA white complacency w/ genocide & response largely disrespectful"
Imagine that. The response was largely disrespectful. How do you think these protesters would feel if they were sitting down to breakfast in their favorite restaurant and a mob of angry whites barged in, interrupted their meals and began telling them they are guilty of something, anything? I could be wrong but I'm guessing their reaction would be negative as well.
The thing is - they show their ignorance with their statement that whites are complicit in genocide. Facts show that black people kill each other at a rate of 93% compared to those killed by other races. Do they understand what genocide means? Again I ask - where is the outrage over the true statistics black genocide instead of the relatively low incidents of blacks being shot by police?
This movement is about hatred, not about Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The United States of America will never have racial harmony as long as lies are perpetuated as truth and people with power in the black community, whether it be Al Sharpton or Barack Obama, either help perpetuate the lies or remain silent and allow them to continue.
Sadly, the first black President of the United States has failed the black community, both in words and actions. He has done nothing to increase employment in the black community. He remains silent on the topic of black genocide (committed by other blacks) in our major cities. And he takes sides against the police if a dead suspect just happens to be black.
Eric Holder likes to say we are a "nation of cowards on the topic of race." Well, if that's true let's start at the top. For the last six years President Obama has been in the best position to begin the dialog, to condemn black genocide, and to try to forge a stronger bond between blacks and whites in these United States. He has done nothing of the sort. He has either remained silent or has instigated anger and hatred through his biased comments and lack of real action.
So who really is the coward....?