A significant amount of New York City Police Department officers turned their backs against Mayor Bill de Blasio when he spoke at the funeral of Miosotis Familia, the 48-year-old NYPD officer who was fatally shot in the head by Alexander Bonds on July 5.
Thousands of NYPD officers attended Familia’s funeral of the 12-year veteran in the Bronx at World Changers Church New York.
Plenty of officers lined the streets, including 25,000 mourners attended from across the country, but when de Blasio began to speak at the funeral, many men and women in blue turned their back to the mayor.
Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins criticized de Blasio for the move. “Mr. Mayor, you didn’t have to travel to Germany for a protest, all you had to do is speak in front of the men and women of the NYPD,” Mullins said.
De Blasio in an interview accused Mullins of attempting to politicize the situation.
Below are tweeted pictures of the funeral:
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) July 11, 2017
— Matthew Chayes (@chayesmatthew) July 11, 2017
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 11, 2017
De Blasio is speaking at #MiosotisFamilia funeral. Cops have begun to turn their backs on him.
— Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) July 11, 2017
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