NYC mayor calls for halt to protests in the wake of NYPD officer executions

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NYC Mayor Urges Public To 'Focus On These Families' After NYPD Shooting

By RYAN GORMAN

Embattled New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for all politics to be "put aside" while police officers and families of two slain cops mourn their killings.

Speaking to a Police Athletic League luncheon televised across the country, de Blasio said the fatal shootings of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were "an attack on all of us."

A visibly upset de Blasio appeared at the podium to a standing ovation only hours after visiting the slain officers' families, which he said "experienced the worst possible moment.

"With no warning their loved one was gone ... Just one moment and then they were gone."

The mayor said consoling the families of murder victims is something he "is not used to [and] one of the most difficult elements" of his job.

"Officer Ramos and Officer Liu stood for all that was good in this society," de Blasio continued.

The Brooklyn Democrat appeared to backpedal from the recent hard stances taken against his police department.

"An attack on them was an attack on all of us, attack on our democracy, attack on our values, attack on every single New Yorker."

He appealed for everyone to see the attacks through the eyes of the slain officers' loved ones.

"It's a time for everyone to take stock," said de Blasio. "There are things that unite us ... we all see the world through the prism of our own families."

The best way to respect their mourning, said the mayor, is to put off the protesting and anti-police rhetoric for the time being.

"Our first obligation is to respect these families in mourning," he continued. "I think it's time to put aside political debates, put aside protests ... all things we will talk about in coming days."

De Blasio lamented that while most New Yorkers will be celebrating the upcoming holidays, two families will be preparing for funerals.

"I would ask that any organization that were planning gatherings for politics or protests. That could be for another day."

The mayor asked that people console police officers they see on the streets as they would the families of the fallen officers.

"Take a moment when you see a police officer to thank them and console them."

Romero leaves behind a wife and 13-year-old son. Liu was married only months ago.

"We will get through this," said de Blasio.

De Blasio's desperate pleas for unity come after he was asked by the police union to not attend the funerals of officers who die in the line of duty and also after a PBA memo circulated in the hours after the shootings claimed the mayor has "blood on his hands."

The police union has yet to respond to the mayor's comments.

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NYC mayor calls for halt to protests in the wake of NYPD officer executions
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: The casket of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos is carried into Christ Tabernacle Church prior to his wake on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A hearse carrying the casket of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos arrives at Christ Tabernacle Church prior to his wake on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: The casket of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos is carried into Christ Tabernacle Church prior to his wake on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: New York City police officers attend the wake of fellow NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: People attend the wake of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: New York City police officers attend the wake of fellow NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: Children hold signs outside the wake for New York City police officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A security detail patrols outside the wake of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: PBA president Patrick Lynch attends the wake of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani attends the wake of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: A security detail stands watch at the wake of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on December 26, 2014 in the Glendale neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ramos was killed along with NYPD officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on December 20. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: People demonstrate outside of City Hall against police violence at a rally that was supposed to be in support of the New York Police Department (NYPD) on December 19, 2014 in New York City. Like a number of other cities across the country, New York City continues to experience daily protests as activists, residents and area politicians voice their anger over two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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I am outraged at the killing of 2 police officers in Brooklyn. That is why we stress non violence as the only way to fight for justice.
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a press conference denouncing the shooting deaths of two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers at the National Action Network on December 21, 2014 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The press conference follows the execution style shooting of officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn on December 20, 2014 where the suspect was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: A police officer pauses as he listens to New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference at Woodhull Hospital following the killing of two New York City police officers on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: The scene at a shooting where two New York City police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner > on December 20, 2014 in New York City. The suspect, who killed his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: People demsonstate outside of City Hall against police violence at a rally that was supposed to be in support of the New York Police Department (NYPD) on December 19, 2014 in New York City. Like a number of other cities across the country, New York City continues to experience daily protests as activists, residents and area politicians voice their anger over two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: People demsonstate outside of City Hall against police violence at a rally that was supposed to be in support of the New York Police Department (NYPD) on December 19, 2014 in New York City. Like a number of other cities across the country, New York City continues to experience daily protests as activists, residents and area politicians voice their anger over two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Jaden Ramos arrives at the funeral of his father slain New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos, one of two officers murdered while sitting in their patrol car in an ambush in Brooklyn last Saturday afternoon on December 27, 2014 in New York City. Thousands of fellow officers, family, friends and Vice President Joseph Biden are expected at the church in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens for the funeral. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: New York Police Officer at the funeral of slain New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos, one of two officers murdered while sitting in their patrol car in an ambush in Brooklyn last Saturday afternoon on December 27, 2014 in New York City. Thousands of fellow officers, family, friends and Vice President Joseph Biden are expected at the church in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens for the funeral. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
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