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Slain NYPD officer laid to rest: Officers turn backs on Mayor de Blasio

A sea of police in of blue uniforms is filling a massive Bronx movie theater and the street outside to pay tribute Tuesday to Miosotis Familia, a New York City police officer who was shot and killed in her police vehicle.


Familia is survived by her 20-year-old daughter Genesis Villella and 12-year-old twins Delilah Vega, and Peter Vega. Familia also was caring for her 86-year-old mother.

"When I was younger, when I was a little kid, I was just so proud and so excited that my mom was a cop.

"Before she left to go to work, she came into my doorway and she said, 'I love you, I'm going to work now. I said, 'Oh I love you, Mom,' and I pinched her cheeks because her cheeks were so cute.

"She went back to the doorway and she looked at me, and I looked at her, and I said, 'Can I have you one more hug?' And she said, 'Of course, of course you can have one more hug.' And she came and she hugged me again. I said, 'I love you so much, Mom, I'll see you tomorrow'," Genesis Villella said.

"She was brave enough to do that knowing that there's consequences, like danger, but she loved us," said her 12-year-old son, Peter Vega. "She wanted to sacrifice for us, so she did it."

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said that Familia was serious but sharp-witted, and the glue that held her family together.

"Nothing I could say could bring your mom back. But I can make you this promise: your mom didn't die in vain. Your mom's legacy will never fade from the importance of memory. Your mom made it her mission to make your home, New York City, a better and safer place for everyone. And I vow to you, we will continue to find our way forward in her honor, because that's what cops do," O'Neill said.


O'Neill also spoke about the current criticism and hatred towards police officers by some people across the country.

"Where are the demonstrations for the single mom who cared for her elderly mother and three children? There is anger and sorrow, but why is there no outrage?

"Hate has consequences. When you demonize a whole group of people, whether that group is defined by race, by religion or by occupation, this is the result. I don't know how else to say it. This was an act of hate, in this case against police officers, the very people who stepped forward and promised to protect you day and night," O'Neill said.

Many New York City Police Department officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at Familia’s funeral. The protest comes after de Blasio left town to participate in G-20 Summut protests in Germany on Thursday — the day after Familia was ambushed and killed by Alexander Bonds.

“Mr. Mayor, you didn’t have to travel to Germany for a protest — all you had to do is speak in front of the men and women of the NYPD,” Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins said.

Police promptly turned around when it was announced the police commissioner was next to speak.


A de Blasio spokesman downplayed the police snub at the Mayor.

“A couple dozen people showed up to partake in a bogus controversy ginned up by the media and those looking to politicize Detective Familia’s death. That’s unfortunate.

“The mayor, police commissioner and thousands of police officers from the city and beyond attended today’s service in solidarity to pay their respects and honor Miosotis Familia," de Blasio representative Austin Finan said.

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