Statement of IACP President Richard Beary on NYPD Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

“As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, I am deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless assassination of the two New York City Police Department officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were ambushed in their patrol car yesterday.

Sadly, yesterday’s events once again demonstrate the profound dangers law enforcement face and witness on a daily basis. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to confront crime and violence in our communities. They do this because they took an oath to safeguard their fellow citizens. They believe in that oath, and they feel an allegiance to and pride for the citizens they protect and the communities they serve.

Tragically, the troubling reality is that today law enforcement officers are being targeted just for wearing a uniform. This is simply unacceptable. It is essential to remember that law enforcement officers, like the people they protect, are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons. Despite the passions aroused by recent events, we must realize that violence is never the solution, and every law enforcement officer has a right to go home at the end of their shift. In order to continue to strengthen police-community relations, we must all work together in a productive manner.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues whose lives have been devastated by this tragic and senseless crime. "