Yesterday’s ultimate sacrifices by Police Officer Wenjian Liu and Police Officer Rafael Ramos were an all-too poignant reminder of the courage and professionalism demanded of every member of the NYPD when they put on their uniform and go out to protect the communities that they serve.

We join in the grief felt by their immediate families and that is shared by every one of their brothers and sisters in blue.

The callous execution of these two officers was an outrageous attack on every value that we hold dear.

In this atmosphere of heated rhetoric we should all remember two important principles: words do matter and can have ominous consequences and most significantly, all lives do matter.


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