(NEW YORK) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for protesters to put their activities on hold until after the funerals of the two NYPD police officers who were shot to death in Brooklyn Saturday.
“I think that’s the right way to try to build towards a more unified and decent city,” the mayor said at a Monday afternoon news conference.
He added: “There’s never been a doubt in my mind that we’re working towards a day that there is greater harmony between police and community.”
As for the gunman, New York Police Department Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Monday there’s “nothing in the investigation up until this point that would lead us to believe that he was anything but a solo actor,” adding that none of the copycat threats has proven to be of any significance.
Earlier in the day, de Blasio had urged people to set aside politics and protests to support and comfort the families of the two slain NYPD officers who are “suffering unspeakable pain.”
It’s time for those of different viewpoints to “put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside everything we will talk about in due time while two families try to piece their lives back together,” he said at a gathering of the Police Athletic League before Monday afternoon’s news conference.
The remarks were the mayor’s first public comments since the police union said he had blood on his hands over the Saturday shooting deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. De Blasio avoided a direct confrontation over the incendiary rhetoric.
He said the Liu and Ramos families “experienced the worst possible moment a family could.”
He called the incident “an attack on democracy, an attack on our values, an attack on every single New Yorker.”
The mayor and commissioner also visited the families of the fallen officers earlier on Monday, three days after both men died in the attack in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The pair did not speak to reporters as they entered and exited Ramos’ home.
The Ramos family said they would welcome de Blasio at Ramos’ funeral in spite of an effort started by the largest police union last week — before the shootings — to have officers sign petitions to keep the mayor from their possible funerals.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had stopped by Liu’s home moments before de Blasio and Bratton.
Meanwhile, Ramos’ funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens neighborhood of Glendale, after the viewing service there Friday evening.
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