New York City, New York - Hundreds of officers are reported to have turned their backs on Mayor Bill De Blasio as he spoke at the funeral for assassinated Officer Miosotis Familia on Tuesday.
Hundreds of officers had also turned their back on the Mayor during the funerals for assassinated Officer Wenjin Liu and Rafael Ramos in 2014.
The assassination of Officer Miosotis Familia occurred just after midnight, Wednesday, July 5, near Morris Avenue and 183rd Street in the Bronx. Officer Familia, age 48, was shot in the head through the vehicle's window. She was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital, where she died.
The suspect, Alexander Bonds, age 34, fled. He was confronted by NYPD police officers about a block away, pulled out a gun, and was shot and killed by the officers.
The NYPD has called the murder of Officer Miosotis Familia "an unprovoked attack". Police said that the fallen officer was a 12-year veteran who worked out of the 46th Precinct.
NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill said, "It is clear that this was an unprovoked direct attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this city safe."
In a press conference early Wednesday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "She was on duty, serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved. After this sudden and shocking attack, her fellow officers came to her aid immediately."
De Blasio then skipped the Saturday night vigil for Officer Miosotis in order to fly to Germany to deliver a speech near the G-20 summit.
Mayor De Blasio has been vocal in pushing the anti-police false narrative of police racism and discrimination.
“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,” Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins said, according to New York Post.
After De Blasio was done speaking, the officers turned back around for the next speaker.
Some cops turn backs on @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio at NYPD's Familia funeral, reminiscent of what happened at funerals for Ramos, Liu pic.twitter.com/fwnu7vwFTI
— Matthew Chayes (@chayesmatthew) July 11, 2017
“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,” a representative for the mayor sent to New York Post in an e-mail.