This is my City, and Brooklyn is my borough. This atrocity ended at a station on my train line that I transit through almost daily. NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ours, and they lost their lives on a normal day of making Brooklyn a better place to live. Even when we express our opinions about police policies and accountability–which we have full right to do as free citizens–it must never be disjointed from the respect due these men and women for wearing our City’s shield to work each and every day. This is not NYPD vs. citizens. The NYPD are us, and they belong to us, just as Eric Garner was one of us. We have far more to gain from listening to each other, working together, and making whatever changes are needed to improve our community. There is no need for division.
As our own Cardinal Dolan said today: “Yes, New York, this huge throbbing metropolis can indeed at times be a place of hurt and darkness, fear and fracture—that our celebrated grit and in-your-face realism can at times turn brash. But I’ve also learned that New York can be as well that little town of Bethlehem, from which comes not darkness, division and death, but light unity and life. That’s New York. That’s Bethlehem. That’s Christmas.”