A Tragedy and a Son’s Heartbreak


Last weekend’s ambush murders of NPD Officers Rafael Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, have been used as fodder by politicians and media personalities to boost ratings. Former mayors and police chiefs were quick to lay the blame for the homicides at the doorstep of their former campaign opponents and some seemed like they were auditioning for their own shows on FOX.

There will be plenty of time for the blame game later. But at least here at American Police Beat, we feel it’s the families of the slain officers that should be first to speak their peace. That’s the way it used to work, anyway.

Jaden Ramos, the son of slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, is one brave kid. He probably gets it from his father. “Today I had to say bye to my father. He was there for me every day of my life; he was the best father I could ask for. It’s horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops, but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you, and I will never forget you. RIP, Dad.”


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