Bill de Blasio was snubbed by NYPD officers at the funeral of executed cop Miosotis Familia on Tuesday in a show of protest over his decision to go to Germany last week in the immediate aftermath of her death.
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Familia, a 48-year-old single mother-of-three, was shot dead in The Bronx as she made notes in her patrol car in the early hours of July 5. Her killer, paranoid schizophrenic Anthony Bonds, 34, was gunned down by other police officers as he tried to flee.
On Tuesday, thousands packed World Changers Church in The Bronx to lay Familia, a single mother-of-three, to rest.
Outside, scores more stood beneath screens and speakers which broadcast the service. When de Blasio appeared on screen, some turned their backs on him in a show of protest over his decision to go to Hamburg last week in the immediate aftermath of the officer’s death, The New York Post reported.
During his unannounced trip, De Blasio spoke at a protest against the then ongoing G-20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg. Bizarrely, he used his appearance at the anti-establishment demonstration to laud his own police force.
The trip meant that he missed a vigil for officer Familia on Saturday. It outraged New York City residents and caught the attention of President Trump criticized it on Twitter.
On Tuesday, de Blasio, in an apparent attempt to redeem himself, gave an impassioned speech calling for increased support of police officers.
Oblivious to the protest outside, he said: ‘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.
‘But in fact,’ he added, ‘we must end it. It’s not a one-way street, my friends. 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.
Taking aim at protesters and the media for what he sees as too much criticism of officers, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Familia’s death “should remind everybody that the civility of our city rests on a knife’s edge.”
‘Where are the demonstrations for the single mom who cared for her elderly mother and three children?” he asked to a thunderous, extended standing ovation from an audience packed with officers.
‘There is anger and sorrow, but why is there no outrage?’
De Blasio went on to call the Familia a ‘beautiful New York City story’ and said she ’embodied the American spirit’.
‘She embodied the American dream’ and “a beautiful New York City story,’ de Blasio said Tuesday, calling Familia a hero who “lived life the right way.”
The cops’ protest was reminiscent of the 2015 funeral of Wenjian Liu who was also killed by a cop-hating gunman.
At the time, officers thought de Blasio was against them. On Tuesday, the mayor called for outrage over the Familia’s death and said the public ought to support the force now more than ever.
He was followed by officer Familia’s three children.
Recalling their final conversation, the woman’s 20-year-old daughter Genesis said through tears: ‘She said “I love you, I’m going to work now.” And she gave me a really big, tight hug, and I said, “I love you, mom.” … I asked her for one more hug. She said, “of course, you can.”‘
Her 12-year-old brother Peter said: ‘She was brave enough to do that knowing that there’s consequences, like danger, but she loved us. ‘She wanted to sacrifice for us, so she did it.’
Also on stage was Peter’s twin sister Delilah.
Adding that she was ‘so proud’ her mother was a cop, Genesis thanked her own family and their ‘bigger family of blue’. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill choked back his own tears as he addressed the 48-year-old’s family.
‘Nothing I could say could bring your mom back. But I can make you this promise: your mom didn’t die in vain.
‘Your mom’s legacy will never fade from the importance of memory. Your mom made it her mission to make your home, New York City, a better and safer place for everyone.
‘And I vow to you, we will continue to find our way forward in her honor, because that’s what cops do.’
A sea of police in blue uniforms filled the landmark Bronx movie theater and the street outside to pay tribute to Familia, a 12-year officer, former health care worker and single mother of three who also cared for her 86-year-old mother. A child of immigrants who was the first person in her family to go to college, she had always wanted to be a police officer, her family said.
Familia was posthumously promoted Tuesday to detective. And to her family, she was also a “protector, defender, guidance counselor, spiritual adviser … philosopher, philanthropist, theorist and mother,’ said her 20-year-old daughter, Genesis Vilella.
Familia, 48, was in an RV-like command post stationed in a crime-ridden Bronx precinct early Wednesday when 34-year-old Alexander Bonds walked up to the vehicle and fired once through the passenger window, striking Familia in the head. Bonds ran from the scene but police caught up to him and opened fire, killing him after they said he turned the gun on them. Bonds had sought psychiatric care just days earlier.
An ex-convict, he had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video last fall.
At the wake Monday, Bronx resident Bill Simpson, 56, said he felt the need to mourn the loss of Familia, even though he never met her.
‘It hurt everybody. All of us feel it,’ he said.
After joining the NYPD in 2005, Familia worked her entire career in The Bronx precinct where she was killed. Familia is the first female New York Police Department officer to die in the line of duty since 9/11.
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