GLENDALE (PIX11)-- Blue ribbons tied around trees, lined the streets of Glendale, where thousands of officers from what seemed to be every corner of the country converged to honor one of their own—fallen NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos.
“It hits hard. We go to work to protect our communities and to have something like this is just tragic. So we all support our brother in blue,” said Officer Shantell Mitchell, from the Miami Beach Police Department.
It’s not unusual to see a lot of out-of-towners pay their respects to an officer killed in the line of duty. But there was additional motivation for members of law enforcement to get to the funeral for Officer Ramos.
“Just the view on law enforcement, such high negativity. It’s very important we all come together and show that we’re a giant brotherhood,” said Deputy Sheriff Andrew Hall, with the Contra Costa County Office of Sheriff, in California.
The murders of Officers Ramos and Wenjian Liu by a deranged shooter out to avenge the police involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner on Staten Island has become a rallying point for police across the country.
We’re just trying to follow the law,” said Deputy Sheriff Hall. “Sometimes it gets messed up and it’s not a reason to kill, especially two officers on their lunch break.”
“I think there’s going to be a change in policing as a whole. Who knows what it’s going to be, but drastic changes need to be made,” said Robert Carlucci, from the Harrison Police Department in New York.
More than 700 officers took advantage of Jet Blue’s offer, allowing two cops from every department to fly for free.
“I will be flying Jet Blue as long as there is air in my lungs,” said Chicago Police Department Officer Patrick McGrath, who used the airline. “Unbelievable the way they demonstrated their solidarity with us.”AlertMe