Thousands Mourn Detective Wenjian “Joe” Liu

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Mourners arrived early this somber weekend in Brooklyn for the wake and funeral services for Detective Wenjian “Joe” Liu. Thousands of police officers from around the country formed a sea of blue in a mile long stretch in Brooklyn to pay their respects. Liu’s wake on Saturday began at 1pm and his funeral was held Sunday at 11am.

Liu and his partner Detective Rafael Ramos were both shot while sitting in their patrol car on December 20 by a deranged man. Police Commissioner, William Bratton promoted both men to detective first-grade posthumously. Ramos was also posthumously named department chaplain.

Among the mourners were Asian community leaders, friends and family. JetBlue flew Liu’s relatives from China and over 1,100 police officers for the weekend services. Via Twitter, the San Mateo Police Department thanked JetBlue for their free flights. Last weekend, the airline flew in about 900 officers for Ramos’ funeral.

James Ng is president of the Asian Jade Society, an organization that represents roughly 4,000 Asian American NYPD officers. He served as a liaison to the Liu family and assisted in getting their relatives flown in from China.

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