Patrick J. Lynch, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a labor union set up for the city’s police officers, urges the public to be the “eyes and ears,” for the police officers.
“This kind of violence against police officers cannot stand,” he stated. “We need the public’s help. When you see someone that’s making threats, doing something against police officers, you need to let us know. You need to be our eyes and ears. We also have to remember the hundreds of police officers that are here now with their heads bowed in sorrow,” Lynch added.
Morning after the 4th of July, a police officer was shot dead in an “unprovoked attack,” in Bronx, as she was sitting in her police vehicle, protecting the city from crime when she was shot in the head by a gunman. Her partner radioed for assistance, while the other officers chased the gunman, who then tried to draw a revolver, and caused the cops to shot and kill him on the spot.
“The officer, Miosotis Familia, 48, a 12-year veteran of the police force assigned to the anti-crime unit of the 46th Precinct, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead,” as noted by NY Times.
The New York City police commissioner has called the attack as “unprovoked attack” and mentioned that the killer was killed, shortly after. “Based on what we know right now, this was an unprovoked attack against police officers who want to keep this great city safe,” Commissioner O’Neill stated in an interview. It has been noted that the suspect has been identified as a black male, Alexander Bonds, 34, of New York City.
Whereas, a surveillance footage recovered from the scene highlights that the gunman had rather “purposefully” approached the car, and fired the shot, as Familia was engaged in writing something in a book.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, expressed his grief by stating, “She was on duty, serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved,” he said. “And after this shocking and sudden attack her fellow officers came to her aid immediately.”