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NYC Mayor and Police Commissioner Urge Police-Public Partnership at Cop Funeral
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11 Jul 2017 05:03 PM EST

“The public needs to step up to protect police at a time when they're under attack,” New York's mayor Bill de Blasio said at Officer Miosotis Familia's funeral as they paid respects to an officer ambushed and killed in a parked police vehicle. Taking aim at protesters and the media for what he sees as too much criticism of officers, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Familia's death "should remind everybody that the civility of our city rests on a knife's edge." He called safety a shared responsibility between police and residents and pressed the public "to make a commitment to help your police." A sea of police in blue uniforms filled the funeral and the street outside to pay tribute to the 12-year officer and former health care worker, who was later buried at a nearby cemetery. One of 10 children of immigrant parents, she was the first person in her family to go to college and had always wanted to be a police officer, her family said. Familia was the first female New York Police Department officer to die in the line of duty since 9/11. At 48, she was in an RV-like command post stationed in a crime-ridden Bronx precinct when Alexander Bonds walked up and fired once through the passenger window, striking Familia in the head. Officers killed Bonds after he turned the gun on them, police said.

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