The killing of a police officer is not only a personal tragedy but an assault on the values of a civilized society ["Bolstering the blue line," News, Dec. 30]. Yet two NYPD slain officers were not even buried when former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former Gov. George Pataki, and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) began blaming protestors, President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for rhetoric that led to these horrific shootings.
Where were these demagogues in June when two ex-members of the extreme right-wing Sovereign Citizens Movement approached two Las Vegas police officers having lunch in a restaurant and shot them to death?
Victor Ambrose, Sayville
It's time for a million man walk all around the country in support of police departments, to show the officers that we appreciate them and their tough assignment, and that we oppose those who break laws.
We need to educate the public that the police are on our side and are there to protect us from the criminals of the world.
Bernie McGrath, Holbrook
I watched and listened as the Rev. Al Sharpton used the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to jump on his pulpit and encourage people to demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice. I fully support people's right to voice those opinions.
However, when some of those demonstrations became destructive -- and most especially when chants calling for "dead cops" began -- it was Sharpton's responsibility to more fully address those issues as well.
Gail Michos, Floral Park
This is a time when the people of New York City and its suburbs have to come together, to unify in their need for mutual understanding and acceptance. It is not a time for a disgruntled few to show disrespect to Mayor Bill de Blasio for a perceived insult!
Their perception is flawed, and their continued nursing of it does nothing to alleviate the problems; rather, it exacerbates them.
Ana D. Cruz, Valley Stream
The police unions, especially the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and its president Pat Lynch, are declaring war on Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying he has blood on his hands after the shooting deaths of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. I don't think the unions know what a hostile mayor is.
In the mid-1970s, we had Abe Beame who laid off roughly 5,000 police officers before bringing back 2,000 days later. In sum, he reduced the New York City police force to a little over 20,000. Beame didn't like cops, and the feeling was mutual. Beame did everything to earn our disrespect. But the NYPD still got the job done during that tough period.
Michael J. Gorman, Whitestone
Editor's note: The writer is a retired NYPD lieutenant.
To the politicians on both sides, the White House, Congress, the New York City mayor's office, fake community leaders and activists, editorial boards and those of you who took to your Twitter and Facebook accounts: Pushing an irresponsible agenda of racial divide over the last few months was wrong. Politicizing race and hate for future votes or profit is shameful, and a blight on you all.
The killing of two police officers is clearly the outcome.
Dennis Ryan, Deer Park