HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The murder of two New York City police officers over the weekend has been widely condemned. Tuesday, city and community leaders in Hartford held a prayer vigil in their honor and to say that the job is not finished.
“On behalf of the city of Hartford, police and fire, I send over our condolences,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.
Community leaders asked for peace and mourned in front of city hall after the ambush and assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn.
“We don’t want police officers losing their lives and we don’t want young people in our communities losing their lives,” said Reverend Henry Brown of Mother’s United Against Violence. “We deplore this act, it is unacceptable, and we will not tolerate this behavior.”
The police murders come amid heavy protesting in New York and all across the country, regarding high profile cases of lethal force used by police. While acknowledging the legitimacy of peaceful protests against some policing tactics, the leaders also strongly condemned any show of violence.
“I encourage all our leaders to be careful in their choice of words,” said Segarra.
“We have a police chief who has already decided to join us in discussion of rules of engagement, where we talk about ways to live together,” said Revered Sam Sailor. “We have great police in this city.”
Church officials are asking everyone to wear blue this Saturday in honor of the two police officers.