On Tuesday, hundreds of NYPD officers turned their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during the funeral for assassinated officer and mother of three Miosotis Familia.
The symbolic gesture by officers toward the anti-cop mayor was reminiscent of the funeral procession for assassinated officer Wenjian Liu back in 2015.
“Scores of officers who assembled outside the World Changers Church in The Bronx for assassinated police officer Miosotis Familia on Tuesday protested the mayor by showing the building their backs as speakers broadcast Hizzoner’s eulogy from inside,” reports The New York Post. “The officers chatted with one another or swiped through their phones during the mayoral snub.”
The mayor left his city on the taxpayers’ dime to deliver a speech outside the G-20 Summit in Germany just one day after Familia, 43, was executed for wearing a badge.
“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,” said Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins.
The 12-year veteran was targeted and murdered while sitting in a marked police vehicle with her partner in the early hours last Wednesday morning. A parolee with a history of espousing anti-cop threats via social media shot the innocent officer in the head through the closed window.
“A couple dozen people showed up to partake in a bogus controversy ginned up by the media and those looking to politicize Detective Familia’s death. That’s unfortunate,” de Blasio spokesman Austin Finan told the Post, attempting to minimize the embarrassing and deserved snub.
“The mayor, police commissioner and thousands of police officers from the city and beyond attended today’s service in solidarity to pay their respects and honor Miosotis Familia,” added Finan.