The funeral for slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos may be the largest in the force's history, as tens of thousands of officers from across the U.S. gather to pay silent tribute. Mana Rabiee reports.
HUNDREDS were inside Christ Tabernacle Church on Saturday for funeral services of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos. But outside the church in surrounding streets ... THOUSANDS upon thousands of uniformed police officers ... ... standing in quiet unity with his grieving widow and teenaged sons. They came from across the U.S. -- delegations from police forces in St. Louis, New Orleans, Boston, Atlanta and Washington D.C. -- some even from Canada. ... a sea of blue in silent tribute to Ramos and his fallen partner Wenjian Liu. Both men were gunned down execution style in their patrol car by a man who wanted to avenge the killings of unarmed black men by police. A police spokesman said Ramos' funeral may be the largest ever in the force's history. The officer's deaths have become a rallying point for police and their supporters around the country -- beleaguered by months of anti-police protests by demonstrators who say police practices are marked by racism. But U.S. Vice President Jo Biden, speaking at the service, said the diversity of the NYPD will ultimately show the nation how to "bridge any divide". Those close to Ramos describe him as a devoted family man, close to his God. He was studying to become a police chaplain and while his life was cut short on a hardscrabble intersection in Brooklyn… his memory lives on in his family and scores of comrades in blue he never even knew.