‘We gotta heal this city:’ Vigil held outside Bronx precinct house for slain NYPD detectives

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BRONX (PIX11) -- In front of the NYPD's 45th Precinct station house, in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx, there was one collective voice.

A decent crowd of perhaps a hundred people, holding a candle light vigil Monday night, for Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

“I believe politics are a big headache right now,” said retired police officer James George.

That's an acknowledgment, from this retired cop, that politics are standing in the way of progress.

“We gotta heal this city. I was out there for a long time, and it was never this bad,” said George.

During Ramos’ funeral this past weekend - police officers turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio - an expression of their anger and dissatisfaction over his perceived lack of support for the department during the Eric Garner case, and through these most recent events.

New York City Public Advocate Leticia James was here -- trying to bridge the gap.

“We need to look forward, and we need to heal, and the best way to heal, and the best way to heal is to honor those officers is to come together as one. I would hope that when we attend the funeral of officer Liu, this Saturday, that we honor the memory of officer Liu.”

Regardless of how you feel -- whether you support the Mayor, or are critical over his comments about the NYPD -- there is no denying the rift now exists.

One of the many pressing questions facing the city in these turbulent times…is how many people feel like Ruth Leich, who was also here at the vigil.

“I know they were talking a lot today about having him apologize, and if that’s what it takes. We know that things don’t always go step by step. But we gotta leave it up to them, to make the right decisions for the community,” said Leich.