- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 4, 2015

A member of Congress from New York said Sunday that the funeral for the second New York police officer killed in the line of duty should be focused on the families who lost a father and husband, not on making the slaying an issue of race.

The funeral for Wenjian Liu, who was killed last month as retaliation for police killing unarmed black men, will be held Sunday morning.

“Right now the focus here today should be on these police officers who sacrificed everything to protect the citizens of our great city,” Rep. Joseph Crowley, New York Democrat, said on CNN.

The New York City police commissioner sent an email to officers asking them not to turn their backs on the mayor, which many did during the funeral for the first officer killed.

Mr. Crowley said the majority of police officers are doing great work, but that the perception among Americans that officers are prejudiced against black men needs to be addressed.

“I think there are great police officers,” he said. “I do think there are bad apples in every walk of life whether it be in politics, the clergy and certainly the police as well.”

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