Thousands of Police Officers Pay Their Respect Today at Funeral for 32 Year Old NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu (Update: Tearful & Amazing Tribute by the Widow of Slain Officer) (VIDEO)
For the second time in a week, a Sea of Blue gathers in Brooklyn, NY for the funeral of police officer Wenjian Liu.
Tens of thousands of police officers from across the United States to attend the funeral of slain NYPD officer Wenjian Liu. They came to the Brooklyn funeral home to honor Wenjian Liu, who is believed to be the New York Police Department’s first Chinese-American officer killed in the line of duty.
Wenjian Li, Rest in Peace
Thousands of police officers are paying their respect to a New York Police Department officer shot to death along with his partner as mourners converge from around the country Sunday for a second funeral that stands to test tensions between the city’s mayor and police.
Buddhist monks will lead a Chinese ceremony for Officer Wenjian Liu, followed by a traditional police ceremony with eulogies led by a chaplain. Liu, 32, had served as a policeman for seven years and was married just two months when he was killed with his partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, on Dec. 20.
Officer Lucas Grant of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in Augusta, Georgia, said he came to Liu’s funeral with about six other officers from neighboring departments “to support our family.”
“When one of us loses our lives, we have to come together,” Grant said.
As Liu’s family arrived for his funeral, Police Commissioner William Bratton tweeted: “We will never forget his sacrifice.”
Scores of officers in pressed blue uniforms — among thousands crowded in the rain outside the funeral of one of their own — turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he delivered a eulogy on Sunday praising the slain officer as an example of a “brave” and “kind” New Yorker who came to the city from China and followed a dream to join the Police Department.
The show of disrespect, which included both New York City officers and those who joined them in mourning from around the country, mirrored a similar display just over a week before at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos, in Queens. In the wet streets of southern Brooklyn on Sunday morning, many turned again from their somber ranks at the funeral of his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu.
The silent protest came despite a request on Friday from the police commissioner, William J. Bratton, that officers leave their recent grievances with the mayor out of the sober ceremony on Sunday.
“This city welcomed detective Liu,” the mayor said in his remarks. “New York stands a little taller today because of the time he walked among us.”
Pei Xia Chen, Det. Wenjian Liu’s widow, gave a passionate, tearful, beautiful tribute to her husband, calls NYPD her extended family, her “family in blue.” She thanked those that traveled from near and far to pay respects to her husband. Pei Xia Chen said that Wenjian Liu was her soul mate and her best friend, but was much, much more. She also said that she was his number one fan. All anyone needs to do is watch the video below to understand Wenjian Liu was an amazing man and what a great man and hero that he was. May Wenjian Liu rest in eternal peace.
NYPD Officer WenJian Liu Wife’s Pei Xia Chen Emotional Speech At Funeral …