Hamill: Reporter’s notes on shooting of NYPD’s Ramos, Liu – New York Daily News

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014
Msgr. David Cassato was one of eight NYPD chaplains at Woodhull Hospital where the two assassinated cops — Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu — were pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon.Noonan Jeanne Freelance NYDN Msgr. David Cassato was one of eight NYPD chaplains at Woodhull Hospital where the two assassinated cops — Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu — were pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon.


Takes from a Reporter’s Christmas notebook:


Msgr. David Cassato was one of eight NYPD chaplains at Woodhull Hospital where the
two assassinated cops — Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu — were pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon.


“Anyone who doubts the existence of the devil needed to be there to see the Liu family sob uncontrollably,” he says. “To hear Officer Ramos’ teenage boy asking, ‘Why? Why? Why? Why my dad?’ You have no answer except that this was pure evil, the work of the devil a week before Christmas.”


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I knew it was gonna be a tough week when the first postcop-murders email I received came from a former NYPD cop who is also the uncle of a kid shot dead in Sandy Hook Elementary School two Christmases ago: 'I hope all you de Blasio lovers are happy.'Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News I knew it was gonna be a tough week when the first postcop-murders email I received came from a former NYPD cop who is also the uncle of a kid shot dead in Sandy Hook Elementary School two Christmases ago: ‘I hope all you de Blasio lovers are happy.’


I knew it was gonna be a tough week when the first postcop-murders email I received came from a former NYPD cop who is also the uncle of a kid shot dead in Sandy Hook Elementary School two Christmases ago: “I hope all you de Blasio lovers are happy.”


Actually, everyone I met was saddened this week. Just as a different lone nut with a gun stole all the yuletide joy in Newtown.


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But his words were tame compared with PBA President Patrick Lynch, who suggested the blood of two slain cops were on Mayor de Blasio’s hands. Which made Lynch sound like the shrill flip side of the Rev. Al Sharpton, shamelessly practicing ghoulish necro-politics as he faces union reelection in June. Lynch had already said the mayor was unwelcome at police funerals. He might learn some basic Christian values from the Ramos family, who openly welcomed de Blasio at the cop’s funeral.


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De Blasio’s statement that so inflamed Lynch and his rank and file came in a press conference following the nonindictment of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who choked Eric Garner to death. “I’ve had to worry over the years,” de Blasio said. “Is Dante safe each night? Is my child safe, and not just from some of the painful realities of crime and violence in some of our neighborhoods, but safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors?”


Lynch would ask us to believe these words from a white father raising a biracial son caused a total wackjob in Baltimore to shoot his black girlfriend? Then travel to Brooklyn to shoot Ramos and Liu?


The only one besides Lynch who could connect the dots from de Blasio’s statement to those police murders might be former NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella, accused of framing dozens of people.


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The same pundits predicting de Blasio will be a one-term mayor are the same soothsayers who insisted we would revert to the bad old days of the 1980s if we curtailed stop-and-frisk. The same navel-gazers predicted Obama would be a one-term President.


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The one thing that could assure Blaz of just one term is his baffling alliance with the obvious huckster the Rev. Al Sharpton.


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A Daily News colleague offered a powerful suggestion that de Blasio bring his teen son Dante to the funerals of Ramos and Liu to witness firsthand the tragic human side of the police experience. Let Dante meet Ramos’ teenage son. Have Dante greet the shattered families, weeping cops mourning fallen brothers in blue. Let Dante understand the unspoken fears of a son every time his dad puts on his blue uniform and goes out to protect high-crime neighborhoods filled with kids who look a lot like Dante.


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De Blasio appointed as his police commissioner Bill Bratton, who had to clean up Kelly’s last mess in 1994 when murders were over the 2,000 mark. Bratton cut murders by nearly 40% in one year. Kevin C. Downs/for New York Daily News De Blasio appointed as his police commissioner Bill Bratton, who had to clean up Kelly’s last mess in 1994 when murders were over the 2,000 mark. Bratton cut murders by nearly 40% in one year. 


Now that all our home teams suck, the ever-shrinking right- wing minority in New York City have made Blaz bashing the new sport in town. But a few facts: 73% of New Yorkers voted for de Blasio; nearly two-thirds say Pantaleo should have been indicted in Garner’s death; Raymond Kelly claims de Blasio ran an “anti-police campaign.” No, he didn’t. He ran an anti-Kelly/Bloomberg policing policy campaign. De Blasio appointed as his police commissioner Bill Bratton, who had to clean up Kelly’s last mess in 1994 when murders were over the 2,000 mark. Bratton cut murders by nearly 40% in one year. This time, de Blasio/Bratton rolled back Bloomberg/Kelly’s racially lopsided stop-and-frisk policy by 90% and still lowered crime by 10%.


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The most overtly race-motivated political decision of 2014 was Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan’s choice not to charge Pantaleo, who choked Garner to death on video in a county that is 70% white. It was a decision calculated on reelection numbers that Eric Garner’s stepfather Ben Carr told me made Donovan, not de Blasio, the politician who has racially divided this city: “Donovan is the one with blood on his hands.”


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As I scan my Christmas notebook, only Msgr. Cassato offered any hope: “Somehow, the light of the Christ child will shine through the evil darkness for Christmas.”


Peace.


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