Friday, January 02, 2015
NYC Police Commisoner Bill Bratton warns officers not to turn backs on Mayor de Blasio
New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has issued a memo to NYPD officers not to turn their backs on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio during the upcoming funeral for slain officer Wenjian Liu.
“A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance.
“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.
“The country’s consciousness of that funeral has focused on an act of disrespect shown by a fraction of those officers.
“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 service. That was not the intent, I know. But it was the result,” Bratton said in the memo.