Five members of the Peekskill Police Department were among the thousands of police officers from around the world last Wednesday who attended the funeral of slain New York City Police Officer Miosotis Familia, who was filling out paperwork in the front seat of a police vehicle July 5 in the Bronx when a man walked up and shot her in the head, killing her. Shortly thereafter, he was shot dead by police.
Representing Peekskill at the funeral, held at World Changers Church in the Bronx, were Sgt. Ed Lemp and police officers Chatoyer Woodland, Danielle Long, Jonathan Saintiche and Jonathan Mosquera.
The show of support is not new for the department, as it has sent members to services for fallen officers before, most notably last July in Dallas after five officers were ambushed in that city.
“The City of Peekskill Police Department supports it’s brothers and sisters in blue, especially when the ultimate sacrifice is made,” said Peekskill Chief of Police Eric Johansen. “This is such a tragic loss, which is compounded by the fact it was driven by nothing other than hate.”
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According to the New York Post, moments before the services for Familia began, a Bronx teenager blasted the NWA song “F-k Tha Police” from a third-floor apartment window as mourners gathered below.
About 20 officers went up to the apartment to try to halt the music, with one cop speaking to the teen in Spanish about his own time growing up as a Latino in the city. The tenant with whom the teen and his sister lived kicked both of them out, calling them “lowlifes.”
Familia was a mother of three.