Pro­tect po­lice is plea at NYC burial

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

NEW YORK — The pub­lic needs to step up to pro­tect po­lice at a time when they’re un­der at­tack, New York’s mayor and po­lice com­mis­sioner said Tues­day as they paid re­spects to an of­fi­cer am­bushed and killed in a parked po­lice ve­hi­cle.

“We’ve watched with hor­ror th­ese at­tacks on our po­lice here in New York City and all around our coun­try. It sick­ens us, and we know they can­not be tol­er­ated, and we know they must end,” Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said at of­fi­cer Mioso­tis Fa­milia’s fu­neral at a 4,000-seat the­ater-turned-church in the Bronx.

“We must end it,” he said. “We must help our po­lice in ev­ery way, just as we ask them to help us in our mo­ment of need. … They need us to be their eyes and ears. They need our sol­i­dar­ity and sup­port.”

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill said Fa­milia’s death “should re­mind ev­ery­body that the ci­vil­ity of our city rests on a knife’s edge.”

Fa­milia, 48, was posthu­mously pro­moted Tues­day to de­tec­tive. She was shot July 5 while work­ing in an mo­bile com­mand post in a Bronx precinct. Alexander Bonds walked up and fired once through the pas­sen­ger win­dow, strik­ing Fa­milia in the head. Of­fi­cers killed Bonds af­ter he turned the gun on them, po­lice said.

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