Mayor Bill de Blasio booed, heckled while speaking at NYPD academy graduation

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Mayor De Blasio Booed and Heckled at NYPD Graduation

By RYAN GORMAN

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed Monday morning by cadets at the NYPD Academy graduation ceremony.

Boo birds greeted the mayor as he walked to the Madison Square Garden podium to address the incoming class of nearly 900. Only a select few in the audience turned their backs to de Blasio as he spoke.

The jeers came only two days after dozens turned their backs on him as he delivered a eulogy for slain detective Rafael Ramos.

The mayor spoke at length about the sacrifice made by Ramos and his partner, detective Wenjian Liu, adding "blessed are the peacemakers, for they are the children of God."

De Blasio praised the two assassinated officers, saying they made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of duty and honor to their city -- the type of duty and honor expected of the incoming cadets.

"It takes a special kind of person to put their lives on the line for others, to stare down the danger," said de Blasio, adding that the incoming recruits face "problems [they] didn't create."

A heckler yelled "you created them," but audience members attempted to drown him out with applause that appeared to be for de Blasio.

The mayor continued with his speech, praising the department and Commissioner Bill Bratton, who spoke immediately after the embattled former city advocate.

De Blasio also spoke of enhanced training and an initiative to put a smartphone and tablet in the hands of every NYPD officer for access to real-time information, an apparent reference to the all-points-bulletin (APB) received by the department for the man who gunned down Liu and Ramos.

The APB was sent from Baltimore only minutes before the grim murders.

Mayor de Blasio left the stage to moderate, if not tepid, applause.

No cadets turned their backs to the mayor, but a few audience members were pictured facing away from de Blasio as he spoke.

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Some police officers turn their backs in sign of disrespect as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the funeral of New York Police Department Officer Wenjian Liu at Aievoli Funeral Home, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Some police officers turn their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the funeral of New York Police Department Officer Wenjian Liu at Aievoli Funeral Home, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Police officers turn their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the funeral of New York Police Department Officer Wenjian Liu at Aievoli Funeral Home, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Police officers arrive to the funeral of New York Police Department Officer Wenjian Liu at Aievoli Funeral Home, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Locals stand in a doorway as police officers arrive for the funeral of New York Police Department Officer Wenjian Liu at Aievoli Funeral Home, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks alongside NYPD police commissioner Bill Bratton, second from left, and chief of department James O'Neill, left, during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony, Monday Dec. 29, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Nearly 1000 officers were sworn in as tensions between city hall and the NYPD continued following the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from right, police commissioner Bill Bratton, fourth from right, and NYPD chief of department James O'Neill, fifth from right, stand for the national anthem during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony, Monday Dec. 29, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Nearly 1000 officers were sworn in as tensions between city hall and the NYPD continued following the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and NYPD police commissioner Bill Bratton, center, stand on stage during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Nearly 1000 officers were sworn in as tensions between city hall and the NYPD continued following the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Cadets stand during the New York Police Department (NYPD) graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 2014 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed nearly 900 new police officers at the ceremony as tensions with the NYPD mount over what they called his failure to support law enforcement. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Maybe a half dozen ppl out of thousands turn backs on mayor at nypd graduation. Some heckles/boos http://t.co/8CidYb6rMM
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Police officers attend their New York Police Department graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 2014 in New York City. The Mayor's relationship with the city's police force has been strained recently after the deaths of two police officers. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: A moment of silence is taken to honor two fallen officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, during the New York Police Department (NYPD) graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 2014 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed nearly 900 new police officers at the ceremony as tensions with the NYPD mount over what they called his failure to support law enforcement. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Police officers attend their New York Police Department graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 2014 in New York City. The Mayor's relationship with the city's police force has been strained recently after the deaths of two police officers. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Police officers recite an oath during a New York Police Department graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 2014 in New York City. The Mayor's relationship with the city's police force has been strained recently after the deaths of two police officers. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio listens at a NYPD graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 2014 in New York City. The Mayor's relationship with the city's police force has been strained recently after the deaths of two police officers. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the New York Police Department graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 2014 in New York City. The Mayor's relationship with the city's police force has been strained recently after the deaths of two police officers. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Cadets take an oath during the New York Police Department (NYPD) graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 2014 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed nearly 900 new police officers at the ceremony as tensions with the NYPD mount over what they called his failure to support law enforcement. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Saluting Ramos and Liu. http://t.co/EJjBPskz2n
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