New York takes safety mea­sures spurred by killings of of­fi­cers in cars

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the year; the win­dows by the first half of next year, Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said.

“You saw that ma­te­rial, very high-tech ma­te­rial, that ab­sorbs the bul­let and lit­er­ally takes the bul­let’s tra­jec­tory and uses it against it to stop it dead in its tracks,” de Bla­sio said in­side an NYPD train­ing class­room.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill said the need to pro­tect of­fi­cers in ve­hi­cles from gun­fire was mo­ti­vated by the 2014 shoot­ing deaths of Liu, 32, and Ramos, 40 — who were am­bushed by a gun­man as they sat in their patrol car in Brook­lyn — and the killing the fol­low­ing year of Brian Moore, 25, fa­tally shot in his un­marked squad car by a sus­pect in Queens.

The deaths of Liu and Ramos just be­fore Christ­mas in 2014 stunned the city and came at a time of po­lar­iza­tion between po­lice and mem­bers of AfricanAmer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties across the US, with sev­eral in­ci­dents of black men dy­ing in con­fronta­tions with po­lice, in­clud­ing one in New York. Eric Garner died when he was wres­tled to the ground on Staten Is­land.

Liu and Ramos’ killer, Is­maaiyl Brins­ley, 28, claimed on social me­dia that he was tar­get­ing po­lice to avenge the deaths of Garner and Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri, in the sum­mer of 2014.

Liu, a na­tive of South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince, came to the United States at age 12 with his par­ents. He de­cided to be a po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks in 2001, and joined the NYPD in 2007.

In June 2015, de Bla­sio and then-po­lice com­mis­sioner Wil­liam Brat­ton at­tended the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony for “De­tec­tive Wen­jian Liu Way” in Gravesend, Brook­lyn. Also in at­ten­dance were the of­fi­cer’s par­ents and wi­dow, Peixia Chen, along with sur­vivors of De­tec­tive Ramos and dozens of po­lice of­fi­cers. Both Liu and Ramos were posthu­mously pro­moted to de­tec­tive.

Their fu­ner­als drew more than 20,000 po­lice of­fi­cers from around the coun­try.

Liu lived in the neigh­bor­hood with his wife, Peixia Chen, and also had bought a home nearby for his par­ents, mother Xi­uyan Li and fa­ther Wei­tang Liu.

“Our law en­force­ment of­fi­cers sac­ri­fice their lives day in and day out, in serv­ing and pro­tect­ing this great city. This city is our home,” Chen said at the cer­e­mony.

The news about the bul­letre­sis­tant glass and doors came on Jan 31 when the mayor and the Pa­trol­men’s Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA) Pres­i­dent Pa­trick Lynch an­nounced a ten­ta­tive con­tract agree­ment cov­er­ing 23,810 NYPD em­ploy­ees.

“This agree­ment pro­vides the com­pen­sa­tion and ben­e­fits the world’s finest po­lice de­part­ment de­serves, while out­fit­ting the en­tire force with body cam­eras and de­liv­er­ing the trans­parency and policing re­forms at the cen­ter of ef­fec­tive and trusted law en­force­ment,” de Bla­sio said.

As part of the deal, the PBA agreed to drop body cam­era lit­i­ga­tion against the city, and the NYPD can ex­pand the use of body cam­eras to the en­tire work­force — a step for­ward for po­lice ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency.

All patrol of­fi­cers will be out­fit­ted with cam­eras by the end of 2019.

Con­tact the writer at williamhen­nelly@ chi­nadai­lyusa.com.

HEZI JIANG / CHINA DAILY

De­tec­tive Wen­jian Liu’s fa­ther, mother and wi­dow (hold­ing bou­quets, left), New York City Mayor Bill de Bla­sio (cen­ter), Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Wil­liam Brat­ton and De­tec­tive Rafael Ramos’ rel­a­tives visit the site in Brook­lyn, New York, where the two of­fi­cers were am­bushed and slain on Dec 20, 2014.

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