Brooklyn, NY – Jewish NYers Plan To Honor NYPD Officer At Sunday’s Funeral


    FILE - A member of the Brooklyn Asian Civilian Observation Patrol stands with others outside the 66th Police Precinct headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, December 23, 2014, during a rally with members of the Jewish community in support of police after two police officers were fatally shot in the Brooklyn borough of New York Saturday. ReutersBrooklyn, NY – While the NYPD is planning what may be its first official funeral to include Chinese customs, city residents of all demographics are planning on paying their respects to Officer Wenjian Liu, including what many hope will be a large showing from New York’s Jewish community.

    Officer Wenjian Liu’s funeral will take place at 11 AM Sunday morning with a procession that will pass through the outer edge of Borough Park as it makes its way to the Aiveoli Funeral Home in Bensonhurst on 65th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues.

    Community viewing areas have been set up to accommodate the many New Yorkers who plan to pay their respects to Officer Liu, with Chief Owen Monaghan of NYPD’s Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, designating the area of 65th Street and 14th Avenue in Borough Park as part of the funeral procession, as requested by Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

    “Officers Ramos and Liu were ambushed just ten to fifteen minutes from Borough Park,” Assemblyman Hikind told VIN News. “I think this is an incredible opportunity to show hakaras hatov and support, to be there at a time when many police officers are having a difficult time.”

    Hikind issued a call this past Monday requesting that the Jewish community turn out on Sunday. Several community groups including Shomrim, Chesed, Chesed Shel Emes, Mekimi, Chaveirim, Yad Efraim and Misaskim have announced that they will be present at the funeral.

    “I know everyone has been working on getting people out to show support,” said Yanky Meyer of Misaskim.

    Senator Simcha Felder acknowledged that the funeral was an appropriate time to show both gratitude and respect to the NYPD.

    This is taking place right at our doorstep and I can’t think of a better opportunity to show support to the police and to send a clear message to the police and their families that we want the respect and support that has been in place for the last 20 years to continue,” said Felder.

    Councilman Chaim Deutsch noted that Officer Liu chose his career with an eye towards public service, not personal glory or gain.

    “We are fortunate to reside in the safest, largest city in the nation and that is the work of our men and women in blue,” said Deutsch. “We need to show a united front to respect Detective Wenjian Liu for being executed for a job he chose to protect the lives of every citizen of New York City.”

    A spokesperson at the funeral home said that the service will include Buddhist traditions as well as the pomp and finery of full NYPD honors and is expected to continue until 1:10 PM. The procession will then make its way to the Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, a location chosen by a feng shui expert, as reported in the New York Times.

    City Hall and the City Council unveiled a joint plan on Wednesday to name two city streets after the slain officers, with each of the detective’s home blocks to bear their names. Legislation to co-name Brooklyn’s Ridgewood Avenue between Shepherd Avenue and Highland Place “Detective Rafael Ramos Way” and West 6th Street between Avenues S and T “Detective Wenjian Liu Way” will be introduced and voted on by the City Council at their second meeting to be held later this month.

    “Our fallen heroes will never be forgotten,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a written statement. “Their memory lives on in their families and in the NYPD family. And now it will live on in the streets of the communities these brave men lived in and protected.”

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    1. I know I’m going to get clobbered for this but ….this shooting is tragic ,heinous ,& what goes on in certain areas of the city every day .However ,gratitude ? When someone is the victim of a crime ,there is never a police officer nearby .The closest most of us have come in dealing with a police officer is when receiving a ticket , or when going to the local precinct to get an accident report ,& then you can rot before anyone will look at you .So let’s say it the way it is .You are entitled to disagree ,but I am also entitled to my opinion .

      • To #1,
        If you don’t wanna go to the funeral that’s fine. But to present an “argument” to persuade/convince/argue that we shouldnt have appreciation for the NYPD is just childish. By definition, a cop is a job in which one can die protecting members of a community- in this case US the Jews in brooklyn. the fact that someone does a job in which he/she can potentially risk his or her life for our safety means that that person is deservant of our appreciation.
        Hope to see you sunday!!

      • eYou are, of course, entitled to your opinion but you do have some misconceptions about the role of police.
        Criminals will, in general, commit a crime when the police aren’t nearby.
        It is not the function of the police to prevent every crime (although that would be ideal) and the occurrence of any single crime is not necessarily a failure in policing. Your mistake is not realizing the tremendous absence of crime because you don’t see what isn’t there. In general, we live in a law abiding society: it is the crimes that “stick out” in our conscience, not that we can walk the street virtually every day without much fear.
        If your only dealings with the police are tickets and accident reports, then consider yourself fortunate! You don’t have to deal with cops because of a major crime: that’s good! You deal with bureacratic side which, typically, displays poor service (not definding it and PD needs to fix that side of its “customer service.”)
        You don’t see how bad it can get. You are irritated by tickets but would be irate if people didn’t generally obey traffic laws.
        You don’t have gratitude because you don’t see what cops see and don’t deal with what cops deal with.

      • Unfortunately I have to agree with #1. And I applaud your honesty at the risk of sounding politically incorrect or u grateful. I have had dealings with police officers and I’m sad to say that more than a few proved to be dishonest, unhelpful (to put it nicely) and not the kind of people you want to have to rely on, should you need it. Of course there are bad apples in every group but I know personally of more than a few of these who are downright liars and not fit to serve.

      • Arguing that people should not attend a murdered officer’s funeral because you get tickets from cops is disgusting. Whoever raised you and was responsible for your education should feel ashamed for failing.
        I’ve been driving in NYC for 11 years now. I have never been pulled over nor received a single ticket related to traffic violations. I did receive 2 parking tickets in those 11 years. Imagine if cops stop enforcing parking and traffic laws in your community. With the way drivers observe traffic laws, you will have people dying because Hatzolah would not be able to get through anywhere on time.

      • How foolish and immature and what an incredible lack of hakoros hatov. just think for a few moments what it would be like if we didn’t have any police protecting our cities. Really,that frum people can be so ungrateful for the ultimate sacrifice is simply atrocious.

    2. In reply to #1. The real facts are exactly so.

      In crime riddled, albeit gentrified Bed-Stuy where the murders occured, daily assaults, rapes, shootings, gang fights and massive drug rings feed the need for round the clock heavy Police presence, my fellow Boro Parkers have no such need.

      With the exception of the occassional Chaptzem Our Police dept.(66) have it extremely easy. Almost no domestic disputes that require police intervention, low drug use/abuse, little crime and our kids cause less then 1% of the trouble the public school kids cause, hence, again, no need for security outside any of our schools, as opposed to the massive expense of keeping special School Safety officers posted outsie every public school. Not to mention Shabbos & Yom Tov. No Crime. No stores open. No traffic. Thats a breeze for the cops (15% reduction).

      One would expect, on the rare occassion of confronting a police officer, (66), that the officer would have nothing but courteous, polite and friendly dealings with a member of our community who contributes to a better, safer, life for the officer.

      We all know the reality, Arrogant, belittling, and lying cops writing fake unjust tickets

    3. There should be a large representation of Yidden, including Yidden of all backgrounds (frum, non-frum, orthodox, conservative, reform, etc.), at Officer Liu’s funeral. He was the first Chinese-American cop killed in the line of duty, in the history of the NYPD. If Yidden don’t show up, it will not look good. Whereas Yidden could not attend Officer Ramos’ funeral last Saturday, there is no excuse for them not attending on Sunday, to pay their respects.

    4. Wish I could attend but will not be around. To the posters who are anti-cop – you are beneath contempt for your lack of hakarat hatov. They are the people who prevent the flood.
      G d rest the soul of those two men and G d bless all our police.

    5. it is correct that criminals do not choose to do crime where cops are present but are we forgetting sooo soon how the cops were on the scene within minutes
      in crown heights and how they saved sooo many people from getting hurt? they risk their lives for us citizens and sorry for your car tickets and violations but fact is fact.

        • Esther:

          Bklyn123 doesn’t have to “go apply” for a job as a NYC policeman.

          He already makes enough money to support himself and his family.

          He is in Kollel. He collects from his parents and his in-laws. He is on Section 8; WIC; HEAT, Families First ,and Food Stamps.


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