Erin and Kyle, you are both making assumptions that are at best naive and at worst ignorant. De Blasio van on a platform of reforming corruption and racism in the police department and won with over seventy percent of the vote . Do you support unnecessary violence by bad cops, or an atmosphere in the NYPD which leaves black cops feeling unsafe among their fellow officers ? No one should. But not doing so most certainly does NOT mean hating the police. Wanting a police department working at its very best and eliminating bad apples does not mean someone hates the police department. The Ramos family asked that no one protest at the funeral. This should have been easy. #Blacklivesmatter protesters certainly didn’t. Yet NYPD cops - in uniform - couldn’t comply. And no, De Blasio standing against a toxic environment in the NYPD is no excuse. #Blacklivesmatter does NOT mean that police Iives don’t, or that cops should die. It’s not an either-or situation. But the last time an NYPD cop died was in 2011. Meanwhile in the days since these two cops were killed, another black man was shot while two more cops weren’t indicted for killing black people. When a cop kills a black person - armed or unarmed, innocent or guilty - there is rarely punishment. When cops are killed, thousands come to their funeral, and if the attacker were still alive they would have thrown the book at him. THAT is the difference. As for the man who did this, accusing anyone but him is vile, especially considering the black woman he nearly killed first to focus on the cops he murdered as if they’re the only ones who mattered. The murderer was not a protester, he was an abusive ex who decided to take out two cops to get his name in the papers. No one needs to foment hate against the police in a man who’s been arrested nearly twenty times. Odd how no one ever thinks that Eric Frein, who also shot two cops during the protests, was encouraged by the protests. I wonder what the difference is.