NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — Hundreds of officers standing outside the church where a funeral was being held for a New York City policeman killed in an ambush shooting turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke during the Saturday service.
Police officers arrive at the funeral of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos in the Glendale section of Queens, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The reaction followed comments from police union officials who said Mayor Bill de Blasio contributed to a climate of mistrust toward police amid anti-police protests.
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Inside the church at Officer Rafael Ramos' funeral, mourners gave de Blasio polite applause before and after his speech.
The mayor said hearts citywide were aching after the shootings that left Ramos and his partner dead.
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The police union president and others turned their backs on the mayor in a sign of disrespect at the hospital after the Dec. 20 shooting. Lynch blamed de Blasio then for the officers' deaths and said he had blood on his hands.
Family members of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos, including his son Jaden Ramos, center, and his wife Maritza Ramos, right, arrive before funeral services for officer Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale section of Queens, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Besides de Blasio, other notable speakers at the funeral included Vice President Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Police Commissioner William Bratton, who posthumously promoted Ramos and Liu during the service.
This story has been updated.
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