Thousands Attend Slain NYPD Cop’s Burial


nypd5Thousands of mourners and uniformed police officers gathered this morning in Queens for the funeral of one of the two NYPD officers shot to death one week ago.

Vice President Joe Biden and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio both delivered remarks at Rafael Ramos’s funeral.

Both Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, were posthumously promoted to detectives first grade.

Biden called the New York Police Department the finest in the world.

“They were a part of New York’s finest, and that not an idle phrase,” he said. “This is probably the finest police department in the world, the finest police department in the world. They earn that praise.”

He said that the killing, termed an “assassination” by city officials, reached beyond the city.

“When an assassin’s bullet targeted two officers, it targeted this city and it touched the soul of the entire nation,” he said.

De Blasio offered condolences not only to Ramos immediate family, but “his other family,” the NYPD, and called Ramos “a peace-maker for the City of New York.”

“Officer Ramos put his life on the line every day so the people of New York could live in peace,” the mayor said.

Read more at ABC News.

{Gary Newscenter}