NYC police officers turn their backs to Mayor de Blasio in silent protest

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NEW YORK CITY — New York City police officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he weaved his way through their formation and entered a police news conference to address the two officers shot and killed by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley on Saturday.

The officers were identified as Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

“Mayor de Blasio, the blood of these two officers is clearly on your hands,” Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Association, said in a statement to his union members Saturday night. “It is your failed policies and actions that enabled this tragedy to occur. I only hope and pray that more of these ambushes and executions do not happen again.”