(NEW YORK) — Thousands of mourners gathered Sunday at a funeral home in New York City to remember Wenjian Liu, one of two city police officers killed in a shooting last month.
Undaunted by a sheet of rain, a steady stream of uniformed officers marched past the funeral home to pay their respects to Liu’s weeping family, including his widow, who married him a few months ago.
Buddhist monks will lead a Chinese ceremony at Aievoli Funeral Home in Brooklyn for Liu, 32, followed by a traditional police ceremony.
Liu served as a policeman for seven years before he and fellow officer Rafael Ramos were shot while sitting in their parked squad car. A funeral for Ramos was held last weekend.
NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sent a warning to officers who planned to attend the funeral, saying it was “about grieving, not grievance,” after several officers turned their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at Ramos’ funeral.
The shooting came amid heightened tensions between the police and the mayor over what some police saw as a lack of support for the force.
“A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance,” Bratton wrote in a memo sent to officers. The gesture “stole the valor, honor, and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory of Detective Rafael Ramos’s life and sacrifice.”
In the two weeks since the Liu and Ramos’ death, at least 18 people have been arrested for threatening police, according to the NYPD.
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