U.S. Rep Gregory W. Meeks Statement on Police Officers' Protest During Funeral of Officer Ramos

Dec 30, 2014

U.S. Rep Gregory W. Meeks Statement on Police Officers' Protest During Funeral of Officer Ramos

Washington, D. C. - Congressman Gregory W. Meeks released the following statement regarding the police officers who turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio during the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos:

"The rhetoric and actions taken by the police unions and the police officers who staged the so-called "wall of silence" at Officer Ramos' funeral deepens that which divides the city.  This antic was disrespectful and betrayed the decorum and responsibility that is expected of public servants, especially at the funeral of a fallen officer.  At this critical juncture, I believe Mayor de Blasio is working to heal as well as unite our city and I thank him for this continued effort.  

"Furthermore, I applaud the Mayor for holding a meeting with police union leaders, including Mr. Patrick Lynch, to discuss the underlying issues and work together to move the city forward.  It is meetings and discussions such as these that strengthen the efforts of those seeking police reform and improvement of police-community relations.  It's pertinent to reiterate that the Mayor, and those who are seeking justice for Mr. Eric Garner and others nationwide, are not against the police but instead are pushing for fairness, accountability, and equality before the law. I encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect in the future as our communities continue to heal and strive for justice for all. ”  [End]