A sea of blue lined the street as thousands of New York Police Department officers paid their respects to fallen officer Miosotis Familia was laid to rest.

Police departments from around the country, as well as Canada, sent delegations, as did those from as far away as Dubai.

Representatives from police forces in Chicago, Portland, San Diego, Tucson left badges outside the Bronx Police Department where Familia had been stationed for all 12 years of her time as an NYPD officer.

Even Mayor Bill de Blasio managed to make it back from Germany where joined in the protests at the G20 summit, missing the officer’s wake during the weekend.

Familia, who was the daughter of immigrants and raised three children while caring for her elderly mother, was the first female officer to die in the line-of-duty since the terror attacks on 9/11 in 2001.

The service was held at the World Changers Church, formerly the Loew’s Theater in the Bronx in order to accommodate the more than 5,000 people who attended.

Thousands more watched on outdoor screen and heard Police Commissioner James O’Neill give an impassioned eulogy to Familia that went beyond the loss of a single officer to the current state of our society in general.

O’Neill said Familia’s death “should remind everybody that the civility of our city rests on a knife’s edge.”

O’Neill referred to the massive protests and marches staged by groups such as Black Lives Matter that have changed slogans such as, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” and “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!”

“Where are the demonstrations for the single mom who cared for her elderly mother and three children?” the Commissioner asked, receiving a wave of applause and a standing ovation to those in the church, before continuing.

“There is anger and sorrow, but why is there no outrage?”

Familia was targeted by an ex-convict and self-avowed “cop hater,” 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, solely because she was in uniform.

He was shot and killed by officers as he fled the scene, a command post “RV” on the streets of the Bronx.

Mayor deBlasio was met with scathing, but silent, protest by the thousands of officers outside the church who turned their backs from the screen as he spoke.

It seems they felt he should be at home comforting Familia’s family and her fellow officers, reassuring the city’s residents instead of standing beside the group that turned the streets of Hamburg into a riot zone during the international summit.

Nearly 500 police officers were injured trying to bring order during the rioting.

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Source: Weasel Zippers

 
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