City Moves To Honor Slain Officers With Street Signs In Brooklyn

December 31, 2014 | Prachi Gupta

City officials announced on Wednesday that they are moving to honor slain Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos by naming two Brooklyn streets after them. Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced their support for a bill sponsored by Council Members Mark Treyger and Rafael Espina, who represent the slain detectives’s districts, and Parks and Recreations Committee Chair Mark Levine.

From the press release:

Legislation will be introduced co-naming Ridgewood Avenue, between Shepherd Avenue and Highland Place in Brooklyn, “Detective Rafael Ramos Way.” West 6th Street, between Avenue S and Avenue T in Brooklyn, will be co-named “Detective Wenjian Liu Way.” The blocks are the sites of the detectives’ respective homes, and were selected in consultation with their families.

The officers were ambushed and killed on December 20 by a disturbed man in a month where police and city officials already suffered heightened tensions due to ongoing protests over police brutality. The NYPD promoted the two officers posthumously, and the city has raised $100,000 for their families.

“Our fallen heroes will never be forgotten,” said de Blasio on Wednesday. “Their memory lives on in their families, and in the NYPD family. And now it will live on in the streets of the communities these brave men lived in and protected. This is an expression of our pride in each of these men, and our sadness at their loss.”

The bill “will be introduced and voted on at the City Council’s second stated meeting in January.”