New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking New Yorkers to put aside political debates, protests about police fairness and anger directed at political figures for now.
“I think it’s important that regardless of people’s viewpoints that everyone recognizes the time to step back and just focus on these families,” said de Blasio during a speech at the Police Athletic League Luncheon in New York City on Monday afternoon.
“I think it’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time,” he added. Two officers were murdered in cold blood on Saturday.
De Balsio acknowledged the pain and difficulty of trying to understand why a person would kill two members of the police
“We have to understand that the attack on them was an attack of all of us, it was an attack on our democracy, it was an attack on our values, it was an attack on every single New Yorker,” he said. “We have to see it as such.”
De Blasio also reminded the audience that it was time for New Yorkers to unite behind the two families who were suffering the loss of their loved ones.
“These families are now our families,” he said, “And we will stand by them.”