The officers were murdered as they sat in their patrol vehicle near the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins Avenues

BROOKLYN, NY- NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-36) released the following statement today marking the 5 year anniversary of the murders of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu:

“It has been five years since I received the chilling call that two police officers were murdered in an ambush at Myrtle and Tompkins Avenues. Two wives lost a husband, children lost a father. My thoughts and prayers are still with the families that needed to heal and rebuild their lives after losing Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

These public servants, model citizens of the community, were taken too soon, in a senseless act of violence.

In the immediate aftermath of this tragedy, I was concerned with how this might impact the men and women of the NYPD who are designated to serve and protect the citizens of Bedford Stuyvesant, especially considering the sometimes fraught nature of police relations with communities of color. But in the following days, I was grateful to see the community come together to heal and continue the work of improving community relations.

Despite the sometimes popular narrative, the core of my community has always supported the police, and continues to support them today. The leadership of Police Service Areas 2 and 3, the 77th, 79th, and 81st NYPD Precincts that serve the district I represent have made incredible strides in bridging gaps and strengthening bonds. We continue to embrace the men and women of the NYPD as our friends, family, loved ones, and neighbors, and aim to deepen the recognition of our common humanity and enhance mutual respect.

I commend the work of community leaders and the police force in reducing crime, strengthening our community, and advancing community policing.”