NY protesters reject plea for hiatus despite police slayings

December 23, 2014 22:59

NEW YORK - Protesters who have rallied for weeks over excessive police force rejected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plea to suspend demonstrations after the killing of two officers, and vowed to march in the center of Manhattan on Tuesday evening.

De Blasio and other politicians have called for a cooling of tensions after the officers were ambushed on Saturday while sitting in their patrol car in the borough of Brooklyn.

The killings shocked a city that has seen largely peaceful demonstrations after decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men.

"These families want a city filled with peace and unity, and it's our job, all of us, to create that," de Blasio said at City Hall on Tuesday, almost exactly 72 hours after the attack. He asked his staff to observe a moment of silence and then to hug people nearby.

Since Saturday, some activists have woven protests against the killings of officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, into their rallies and vigils.

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