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Officer Wenjian Liu emerges an Asian American hero, gunned down with cop partner in New York City

NYPD Officer Wenjain Liu
NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu

I can’t help but feel for NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu, 32,  and his partner, Officer  Rafael Ramos, 40, gunned down on Saturday in Brooklyn as they sat in a squad car.

The shooter was a man who dared to invoke the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

This was a blasphemy to the memory of those two men. The gunman, who eventually took his own life, took the names of Garner and Brown in vain.

But he only confused the situation by shooting Liu and Ramos.

It does, however, clarify  an important point and hopefully can inform the misguided.

When people have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown, they weren’t anti-cop. They were anti-senseless gun violence.

In fact, they were pro-justice, pro-community, pro-humanity.

The senseless killings of Officers Liu and Ramos were not pro-justice, pro-community, pro humanity.

No one is anti-cop. We’re anti-bad police work.

As an Asian American of Filipino descent, I feel for Wenjian Liu, his wife, his family and his fallen partner Rafael Ramos.

We talk about the need for diversity in law enforcement.

We need it on the other side of the equation too–on the officer side.

The gunman couldn’t have picked a more diverse team of cops in the NYPD.  Liu, a seven-year veteran. Ramos, a two year vet. Both sitting in their car, without even a chance to defend themselves.

This from the New York Times:

Officer Liu, whose family comes from Taishan, in Guangdong Province, China, attended the College of Staten Island and Kingsborough Community College. He was an auxiliary officer before becoming a police officer in 2007.

Bin Fin Liang, 56, said Officer Liu would drop by his restaurant supply shop on the way home from the Police Academy. Mr. Liang asked him why he wanted to be an officer.

“I know that being a cop is dangerous but I must do it,” Officer Liu replied, his friend said. “If I don’t do it and you don’t do it, then who is going to do it?”

Mr. Liang, who often takes the Manhattan Bridge to work, said that he would see Officer Liu on patrol at the foot of the bridge on the Brooklyn side.

A family friend, Dr. Jonathan Chang, 55, emerged from the house and said the widow was in bed, inconsolable. Officer Liu’s parents had not eaten yet, and it was already late in the afternoon. The officer’s father irons in a garment factory. “Completely distraught,” Dr. Chang said in Mandarin. They repeated, over and over, “My son is gone.”

R.I.P. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.



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Emil Guillermo’s Amok: Since when did the “S” in TSA stand for sex? On pat-downs, victimization, and oh yes, that thing called the Fourth Amendment

So are you going through security this week in nothing but your birthday suit in protest to those pat-downs? Or do you want the pat-down?

Do you think some lonely people are taking red-eyes just for the late night pat-down?

Read my take on the TSA issue on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund site’s blog at


Strange how the new angle being reported this morning  is about the “poor abused TSA agent,” as if victimization will get them some sympathy. It’s not my fault they end up being the face and fingers of a hapless bureaucracy.

A frequent flyer I know today in Florida told me how clueless these people really are.  A lot depends on who you get and where you are. These people are human, not robots. So the chances of getting a closet sex offender is actually pretty high. The flyer I know said she went through a full body scan and then was told she had to do the pat-down too. A double dose of intrusion.

When the flyer protested, TSA backed down. So now it’s optional? Or were they overreaching for the pat-down? Do you get the sense they are making it up as they go?

So be assertive. Know your rights.

Funny how most stories never mention anything about the Fourth Amendment and illegal search. Is all that out the window? It isn’t unless you want to give up your rights freely.

Also note how the leading voices on this issue against the pat-downs seems to be Republicans. I haven’t heard many Democrats speak out against it. And Obama? From this weekends comments, he feels your pain, flyer. But the grope? The green light’s still on.