The two Brooklyn police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot to death in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, are going to be honored by having streets named after them in the neighborhoods in which they lived. A section of two streets in Brooklyn will immortalize the two officers, who were posthumously promoted to the rank of detectives.
On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a statement that the planned bill would rename the two streets after the officers who were shot and killed in the line of duty. According to a statement issued by the mayor, sometime in January the bill will be introduced and the New York City Council will vote on it.
The two streets that will be named after the officers are located where they lived in Brooklyn. The street named after Ramos will be a stretch of Ridgewood Avenue. A portion of West 6th Street will be named after Lui, according to the statement by the mayor.
The statement added that the bill will be sponsored by the members of the City Council who represent the districts of the two detectives.
On December 20, 2014, Ramos and Lui were shot while they were in their patrol car. The man who shot them, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, reportedly shot and killed himself following a pursuit by police.
Written By: Douglas Cobb
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