U.S. Vice President Biden said, ''our hearts ache for you,'' at the funeral for Rafael Ramos, one of two police officers gunned down in New York. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and surrounding streets for the funeral on Saturday (December 27) of one of two police officers ambushed by a gunman who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police. Singled out for their uniforms, the deaths of Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu have become a rallying point for police and their supporters around the country, beleaguered by months of street rallies by protesters who say police practices are marked by racism. At the funeral, U.S. Vice President Biden said he spoke for the nation saying "our hearts ache for you." The service at Christ Tabernacle Church in Ramos's Queens neighborhood also brings together Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police officers and union leaders for the first time in public since an extraordinary confrontation a week ago at the hospital where Ramos and Liu were pronounced dead.