- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2015

Slain New York Police Department Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos will have Brooklyn streets named in their honor.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito issued a statement about the plan Wednesday.

“Our fallen heroes will never be forgotten. 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,” Mr. de Blasio said on the bid for renaming two Brooklyn streets, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

Officers Liu and Ramos were shot dead Dec. 19 while sitting in their patrol car. Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley then killed himself.

Brinsley left a statement on social media saying his actions were in response to the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island on July 17 and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9. The two black men died after encounters with police, setting off racial tensions and widespread protests.

Suggestions to honor Liu and Ramos include changing Ridgewood Avenue between Shepherd Avenue and Highland Place “Detective Rafael Ramos Way,” and for West Sixth Street between Avenue S and Avenue T to “Detective Wenjian Liu Way,” the Daily News reported.

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