Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. on the Murder of Two NYPD Officers

December 21, 2014

“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families of the two NYPD officers who lost their lives in the line of duty yesterday. Everyone in the law enforcement community and people of good will here in New York and around the country grieve with them.

“The cowardly murders committed yesterday bring us no closer to a more just society. Violence and its counterpoint, apathy, are the enemies of positive change. Now is the time for meaningful civic engagement and thoughtful, civil discourse. Today is not a time for finger-pointing or blame, which only serves to divide, rather than unite.

“Police bear a tremendous responsibility to keep neighborhoods safe for those who reside, work, or visit here. On a daily basis, their work saves lives in every community, in every neighborhood. Today, I join all New Yorkers in thanking them, reflecting on their bravery, and their sacrifice.”