On Saturday afternoon two New York City police officers were shot and killed execution style in Brooklyn.
The police officers were sitting in their car when the gunman shot them. New York City Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot dead by a crazed killer who said he was going to revenge the deaths of robber Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
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Both officers were killed in the shooting.
Despite pleas from leftist Mayor Bill DeBlasio, protesters are planning a demonstration Saturday during the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos.
The New York Times reported:
The killing of the officers, coming five days before Christmas, stunned the city into collective mourning. In an instant, criticism of the police seemed out of touch. “Die-ins,” which had become a staple of demonstrations in Grand Central Terminal, City Hall and elsewhere, suddenly struck a discordant note. And as the city prepared to bury Officer Ramos on Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the protesters to suspend their demonstrations until the officers’ funerals were over.
The groups had already been grappling with their future, working on ways to retain the energy and diversity of the younger protesters while exploiting the organizational assets of established civil rights groups.
Now, they face an even more pointed test.
“This is par for the course,” the Rev. Michael A. Walrond Jr. told protesters after a march through Harlem on Sunday, the day after the officers were killed. “You were called for such a time as this. Don’t get tired. Don’t get weary.”
Indeed, though some groups were willing to stand down, others balked. Along with the protest on Sunday, led by Justice League NYC, a demonstration was held on Tuesday along Fifth Avenue. Another protest is to take place in Brooklyn on Saturday, the day of the funeral for Officer Ramos.