Police officers again turned their backs to New York City Mayor

Police officers again turned their backs to New York City Mayor
Several thousand police officers today participated in their murdered colleague's funeral in New York. Many of them again turned their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

An ocean of police officers gathered in the streets outside a funeral home in Brooklyn at the memorial ceremony for Wenjian Liu (32), who was shot and killed along with his partner Rafael Ramos (40) on December 20.

The brutal killings, carried out by a black American who says he did it to avenge killings by police on African Americans, shook New York.

When Ramos was laid to rest last week, several hundreds of his colleagues stood with their back to Blasio when he held his memorial speech.

Ahead of today's funeral New York police chief Bill Bratton urged police officers to refrain from repeating the protest. Most of those who had turned up to commemorate Liu, seemed to respect the wish, but according to the BBC several hundred chose to turn their back to the video screen that was set up when the mayor began to speak.

De Blasio has met massive criticism in the wake of the double murder, and the head of the NYPD police union has accused the mayor of having helped to create a political climate that led to the attack against the two policemen.

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