NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton asked officers not to repeat that silent protest at Liu’s funeral Sunday.
lCops from across the country joined the ceremony honoring Liu.
“All of our city is heart-broken today,” de Blasio told mourners. “All of this city is feeling the pain, and all of the city wants to lift up the Liu family and the Ramos family.”
Liu’s loved ones, many who traveled here from China, arrived for the service in a procession of eight black vans and two limos.
“Detective Wenjian Liu was a good man. He walked a path of courage, a path of sacrifice, a path of kindness,” de Blasio said. “This is who he was.”
US Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island) said as he arrived for Liu’s funeral, “I’ve been critical of the mayor, [but] today is not the day for that [protest]. I understand why the police did what they did [at Ramos’s service]. I think the police have made their point. [But] that should be behind us now. I wouldn’t do it myself.”
“He [de Blasio] turned his back on us,” one officer said.
“I can’t stand even looking at him,” the other cop said. “He has no friends here.”
Liu is believed to be the first Chinese- American New York cop killed in the line of duty.
In addition to Sunday’s service, Liu’s loved ones were expected to hold private ceremonies with Buddhist and Chinese funeral traditions.
“To me, he is my soul mate,” Liu’s grieving widow, Pei Xia Chen, told mourners. “Wenjian is an incredible husband, son, co-worker and friend – my best friend. ”
Chen said policing was a passion of Liu’s.
“As the only son, the No. 1 son, he was extremely close [to] and respected his parents , of course,” she said. “One of this many passion was being a police officer. He took pride in the fact that he was NYPD.”
Chen was in tears throughout her address.
She finished by saying, “I thank you, my extended family, my family of blue.”
Liu will be buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery.
The 32-year-old had been on the job for seven years. Liu emigrated from China 20 years ago and dreamed of being a police officer.
Liu had only been married for two months when he was killed.
Additional reporting by Priscilla DeGregory, CJ Sullivan, Frank Rosario and David K. L