Vice President Joe Biden, who attended the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the NYPD cop who was murdered in cold blood by Ismaaiyl Brinsley last week, spoke about the tragic double murder, which also claimed the life of Wenjian Liu.
As reported by the Contra Costa Times, the rush of officers from far and wide to New York for Ramos’ funeral reminded some of the scenes following the September 11 Twin Towers attacks as well as after Superstorm Sandy.
Vice President Joe Biden promised the crowd that the “incredibly diverse city can and will show the nation how to bridge any divide.”
In a statement regarding the double murders, de Blasio’s spokesman said, “The Ramos and Liu families, our police department and our city are dealing with an unconscionable tragedy. Our sole focus is unifying this city and honoring the lives of our two police officers.”
In continuing his eulogy, de Blasio added, “All of this city is grieving and grieving for so many reasons. But the most personal is that we’ve lost such a good man, and the family is in such pain.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden went on to express how the murders have touched “an entire nation,” suggesting the people’s will would not be broken.
“When an assassin’s bullet targeted two officers, it targeted this city and it touched the soul of an entire nation,” the vice president said.
Nevertheless, there has been no shortage of controversy when in comes to de Blasio, as a short block away from the church where the funeral took place, retired NYPD Officer John Mangan held a sign that read, “God Bless the NYPD. Dump de Blasio.”
Mangan told reporters, “If the mayor really wanted to do the right thing, he would have gotten into an NYPD car and rode around Bed Stuy and see the difficult jobs these cops do every day.”