NEW YORK, NY -- It was a somber start to the new year for NYPD’s brothers in blue.
On Saturday, family, friends and the force said their final goodbyes to 32-year-old detective Wenjian Liu at a private wake. He, along with his partner Rafael Ramos, were ambushed and killed in Brooklyn two weeks ago while they sat inside their squad car.
The gunman posted threats on social media referencing how he was going to put “wings on pigs.” He later took his own life. The terrifying tragedy rattled tensions in NYC and police departments nationwide.
Dissension among the ranks was evident last week when Ramos was laid to rest. Some cops turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio – a sign of their anger and frustration on how he handled the situation.
It was a more cordial crowd at Liu’s wake. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton emailed the cops, reminding them: “when you don the unifrom of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor and decency that go with it.”
To honor Liu’s life is all those in attendance wanted to do at his wake.