Less than a week after the murder of New York City Police Officer Randolph Holder, one local politician is reminding New Yorkers to don blue in support of the NYPD.
Assemblymember William Colton, who represents parts of Bensonhurst and Gravesend, has made blue ribbons available in his district office (155 Kings Highway between West 12th and West 13th Street) so that area residents can show their support for the city’s cops.
“After the killing of four police officers within 11 months, city leaders should step up and work together to create stronger policies to make sure the guns are taken off the streets and away from criminals” Colton said. “Placing unreasonable restrictions on professional police actions such as ‘Stop and Frisk’ programs just makes the criminals more brazen while displaying their disregard for police authority.
“These officers put their lives at risk every day in order to protect the community and keep our great city safe,” he went on. “We must show our support and thankfulness for them.”
Holder, 33, was shot in the head while pursuing a suspect said to have stolen a bike at gunpoint near East 102nd Street and First Avenue in Manhattan the evening of Tuesday, October 20. A five-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, Holder hailed from Mill Basin, and was just 33 years old when he became the fourth cop to be murdered in the line of duty in the last year.