When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at murdered NYPD officer Rafael Ramos’ funeral last weekend, police turned their backs on him in protest. As the service for Ramos’ partner Wenjian Liu approaches on Sunday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has sent to letter to officer urging them not to do it again.
“A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance,” Bratton wrote in the memo, obtained by the New York Post. After referencing the “act of disrespect” on the part of many officers who attended last week’s funeral, Bratton wrote, “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.”
Read the full letter below:
Watch the back-turning protest from last weekend’s service below, via CNN:
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