Dec. 23, 2014 (San Diego) While at Reporting San Diego we spoke to Mark Jones, one of the local leaders, now we cover the Police Officer Association reaction. The statement reads in full:
SAN DIEGO — The members of San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA) are deeply saddened by the senseless murders of New York Police Department (NYPD) Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. We extend our sincere condolences to the families of these fallen heroes, the NYPD, the New York Police Benevolent Association, as well as the citizens from the City of New York.
The deplorable actions of their killer, beginning with the shooting of his ex-girlfriend, show the suspect as nothing more than a coward. Yet, this murderer sought redemption among some members of our nation by assassinating the guardians of our communities, sworn police officers. Sadly, there are some citizens who praised these horrible actions and seek to justify them. The SDPOA is outraged to think that anyone would be willing to support this murderer.
Voices from throughout the nation have called out for justice, peace, and respect for all lives. As we enter the New Year let us remember that all of these matter and we should choose our words wisely as we speak to one another in our efforts to unite our nation as never before.
We are thankful to have the support of so many in this city. We ask that you continue to send your thoughts and prayers to the victims and their family and friends.
The SDPOA urges the public to come forward and immediately report any possible threats against law enforcement.
Former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne told NBC 7 about the death of Officer Jeremy Henwood, who was killed in the line of duty for the same reasons as officers Ramos and Wenjian Lu. It is because they wore the uniform. He, also is now calling for people to lower the temperature and the confrontational language.
Former Chief Landsdowne sees this as well, “The time for protests and accusations and the time for being defensive and saying ‘We’ve done nothing wrong,’ is over,” Lansdowne said. “It doesn’t discount that we’ve had mistakes on our part and there needs to be change, but we’re going to do that, and we need to do it together with the community.”
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