- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton on Tuesday said it’s unfortunate that some protesters are saying they won’t hold off on new demonstrations until after the funerals of two of his slain officers.

But Bratton said while in Rhode Island on Tuesday that his department will deal with any protests professionally and responsibly.

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later killed himself. He was angry over the failure to indict white police officers accused of killing unarmed black men.

Bratton said there’s no denying it’s a tough time for policing, but his officers will get through it.

He was in Lincoln to pick up his car. He was in Boston when the officers were shot and had dropped off his car before flying back to New York City.

The flag at the barracks was lowered to half-staff in anticipation of Bratton’s visit Tuesday, to honor the officers. The Rhode Island State Police plans to send troopers to the funerals to pay their respects.

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