NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton earlier in the week sent a warning to officers who planned to attend the funeral, saying it was "about grieving, not grievance," after several officers turned their backs to de Blasio as he spoke at another officer's funeral last weekend.
Officers turn their backs on Mayor. Top pic taken just before DeBlasio spoke; bottom pic during his speech pic.twitter.com/o4T0u1lGcE— Kristin Thorne (@KristinThorne) January 4, 2015
"A hero's funeral is about grieving, not grievance," Bratton wrote in a memo sent to officers. The gesture "stole the valor, honor, and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory of Detective Rafael Ramos's life and sacrifice."
The shooting deaths of Liu and Ramos came amid heightened tensions between the police and the mayor over what some police saw as a lack of support for the force.