Stop. Think. Focus. Stop the hyperbole, the rhetoric, the hashthagging, memes, anger and rancor for just a minute. There will be plenty of time to peacefully exercise your First Amendment rights to expression. Let’s agree and stipulate to this facts:
- That Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were executed as they sat in their patrol car, while on duty.
- That they were executed merely for wearing the NYPD uniform.
- That they were assassinated and executed in cold blood by a deranged criminal whose name we should never even utter.
- That these officers were doing nothing but serving the City of New York as they swore to do.
Now. Stop what you’re doing. There are two families suffering incomprehensible loss as the rest of us prepare for holiday festivities. Two families dealing with the inexplicable horror of having to bury a loved one.
Donate. Give to the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s Widows’ & Children’s Fund which “provides aid and assistance to widows, widowers and eligible dependents of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Eligibility is defined as all widows, widowers and children of active police officers who lose their lives in the line of duty.”