The New York Times Joins the NYPD Funeral Protest Backlash

The editorial board criticized what it called one of several acts of “passive-aggressive contempt and self-pity.”
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Before NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ambushed while on patrol in Brooklyn, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a police union, encouraged officers to sign a letter asking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio not to attend their funerals if they were killed in the line of duty. But Ramos’ family said that de Blasio was welcome to his funeral, and instead it was police officers who were accused of dishonoring the memory of their fallen comrade. 

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