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Hundreds of police officers turned their backs on a screen showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of one of two officers killed last week in what has been called an "assassination."

The funeral at the Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens, was broadcast to thousands of police who gathered outside.

The killing of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu came amid heightened tensions between the police and the mayor over what some police saw as a lack of support for the force.

The atmosphere was mostly respectful, but there were scattered signs of protest even before the police officers action when the mayor spoke.

In his speech, the mayor seemed to try to reach out to police, honoring not only Ramos, but the entire NYPD.

After directing his remarks to the Ramos family, he said he wanted to "extend my condolences to another family -- the family of the NYPD -- that is hurting so deeply right now."

The night after Ramos and Liu were shot, officers gathered at the hospital where they had been taken turned teir backs on de Blasio when he arrived.

De Blasio created controversy with his response to demonstrations about police relations with minorities, after a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after he was put in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes.

The mayor, whose wife is black, said he has spoken to his mixed race teen son about how he should act if he is stopped by police.

In speaking about protesters who were arrested and charged with assaulting police during a demonstration in New York, de Blasio used the word "allegedly," which some in the NYPD seemed to take as a slight.

Patrolmens Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch and de Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the grand jury's decision.

The week before the shooting of Ramos and Liu, the PBA leader suggested police officers sign a petition demanding that the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.


Latest Flicks / Captain America: The Winter Soldier
« on: March 21, 2014, 07:24:20 am »
So I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night at an early screening.

And absolutely loved it.  It was pretty much the modern Captain America flick I was looking for.  If The First Avenger caught the WW2, Rocketeer-ish atmosphere of old school Cap, this film got modern Cap, and modern SHIELD stories right.

The fight scenes...  Man, you just aren't going to see this level of brutality in a Marvel flick again.  Cap was like the human hurricane Kirby used to draw, just mowing down just about anyone who got in his way.  Black Widow and Fury were also fantastic.

What they did with Falcon's origin is something I was REALLY happy about.  It was a merger I hadn't even thought about, without the "Snap" part, lol.  He was great in the movie as well.

The story was a nice adaptation of The Winter Solider...  But what I didn't expect was that they were adapting TWO Marvel stories.  Lets just say I think another well known current Marvel writer deserves credit too.

Not only is this movie must see in general, but if you follow the MCU, especially if you still follow Agents of SHIELD, you must watch this movie.  Or at least find out what happens.  The ramifications are just mind boggling.   

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