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Jan 2, 2015

Slain NYC officer’s funeral poses new test for mayor, police

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City policeman slain with his partner in an ambush will be remembered this weekend with a wake and a funeral expected to draw thousands of officers, against a backdrop of frayed relations between the force and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Saturday’s wake and Sunday’s funeral for Wenjian Liu, believed to be the first Chinese-American police officer killed in the line of duty in the city, follows observances for his partner, Rafael Ramos.

Dec 31, 2014

Tensions remain after New York City mayor meets police unions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police union leaders said their grievances with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio remained unresolved after meeting with him on Tuesday, 10 days after they said he was partly to blame for a gunman’s deadly attack on two policemen.

The meeting came after a marked drop in arrests across the city last week. One city newspaper said the decline was evidence of a “virtual work stoppage”, but city officials were unable to say on Tuesday whether or not a police slowdown was under way.

Dec 30, 2014

New York City mayor to meet police unions to defuse tensions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was to meet on Tuesday with the leaders of police unions who accused him of having blood on his hands after two policemen were shot dead in an ambush 10 days ago.

De Blasio, whose turbulent relationship with his police department has become the gravest crisis of his year-old mayoralty, called the meeting to “foster constructive and responsible dialogue,” his press secretary, Phil Walzak, wrote in an e-mail.

Dec 29, 2014

NY mayor to speak at police graduation as tensions with officers mount

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was set to address graduating police cadets on Monday, two days after thousands of uniformed officers turned their backs on him at a slain cop’s funeral over what they called his failure to support law enforcement.

The mayor’s appearance at a New York Police Department graduation ceremony comes amid mounting tensions after two officers were killed following months of nationwide demonstrations over what protesters say are racist police practices.

Dec 28, 2014

Angry police shun NYC mayor at funeral for slain officer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of police from cities across the United States filled a New York City church and nearby streets on Saturday for the funeral of one of two policemen shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.

The service for Rafael Ramos was one of the largest police funerals in the city’s history, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden among the dignitaries. But the tradition-bound ceremony was marked by an unusual protest against Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Dec 27, 2014

Thousands expected for slain New York police officer’s funeral

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of police and other mourners were expected to fill a New York City church and surrounding streets for the funeral Saturday of one of two police officers ambushed by a gunman who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is due to make remarks at the service for Rafael Ramos, whose death, alongside his partner Wenjian Liu, has become a rallying point for police and their supporters around the country, beleaguered by months of street rallies by protesters who say police practices are marked by racism.

Dec 26, 2014

Mourners to gather for slain New York policeman

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hundreds of mourners were due to gather at a New York City church on Friday to pay their respects for one of two policemen shot by a black man who invoked the killings of unarmed black men by white officers as the reason for his actions.

Targeted for their uniform, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain last weekend while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The two officers had been reassigned from another precinct following complaints about violent crime from residents at a housing project.

Dec 24, 2014

NY protesters reject plea for hiatus despite police slayings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attempts to soothe a city dismayed by the slaying of two officers were further rebuffed on Tuesday as protesters defied his call to suspend what have become regular demonstrations over excessive police force.

De Blasio led a moment of silence at City Hall in the afternoon three days after the attack on the officers before asking his staff to hug those nearby “as a symbol of our belief that we will move forward together.”

Dec 23, 2014

Activists reject New York mayor’s plea to pause protests over police

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Protesters who have rallied for weeks over excessive use of police force rejected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plea to suspend demonstrations after the killing of two officers, vowing to march in the centre of Manhattan on Tuesday evening.

De Blasio and other politicians have called for a cooling of tensions after the officers were ambushed Saturday while sitting in their patrol car, shocking a city that had seen largely peaceful demonstrations over decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men.

Dec 23, 2014

Activists reject NY mayor’s plea to pause protests over police

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Protesters who have rallied for weeks over excessive use of police force rejected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plea to suspend demonstrations after the killing of two officers, vowing to march in the center of Manhattan on Tuesday evening.

De Blasio and other politicians have called for a cooling of tensions after the officers were ambushed Saturday while sitting in their patrol car, shocking a city that had seen largely peaceful demonstrations over decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men.