On Saturday, December 20, New York City Police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car.
The officers were reportedly participating in an anti-terrorism drill when the shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, walked up to their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun. Other officers immediately pursued Brinsley into a nearby subway station where then committed suicide.
According to Officer Down Memorial Page, Officer Liu, 32, was a seven-year veteran of the NYPD. He moved earlier this year to Brooklyn’s Gravesend section and was married two months ago. Liu, the son of Chinese immigrants, was assigned to the 84th Precinct. He is survived by his wife of two months.
Officer Ramos had served with the New York City Police Department for two years and was assigned to the 84th Precinct. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
To send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements, contact:
Commissioner William J. Bratton
New York City Police Department
1 Police Plaza
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 610-6700
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a pause in protests over police conduct on Monday, Associated Press reported. “I think it’s important that, regardless of people’s viewpoints, that everyone step back,” de Blasio said in a speech Monday at the Police Athletic League. “I think it’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in all due time.”
President Barack Obama said over the weekend: “I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day—and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal—prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”