As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a eulogy for Rafael Ramos, one of two officers shot recently by Ismaaiyl Brinsley in Brooklyn, a crowd of uniformed officers turned their backs in protest.
Though de Blasio had called for an end to protests as the city honored the lives of the two slain officers, thousands (according to estimates from observers) of officers made their dissent known at Officer Ramos' funeral.
Some believe that the protest was partly in response to the mayor's comments about teaching his biracial son how to interact carefully with police officers.
On Friday (December 26), a banner flew over New York City reading "DE BLASIO, OUR BACKS HAVE TURNED TO YOU." The aerial protest appears to have been organized by current and retired NYPD officers. Mayor de Blasio's office responded with a statement that read, "This is a time to think about the families and honor our fallen officers. Dividing people won't help our city heal."
Watch a video of the NYPD turning their backs on de Blasio during Ramos' funeral below.
The mayor's office released a statement following the incident:
"The Ramos and Liu families, our police department and our city are dealing with an unconscionable tragedy," Wiley Norvell, de Blasio spokesman said. "Our sole focus is unifying this city and honoring the lives of our two police officers."
What do you think about the actions of these officers? Is a funeral an appropriate time to make political statements? Let us know in the comments.