Cops bid farewell to slain New York policeman

New York: Some 25,000 policemen gathered Saturday to pay their last respects to Rafael Ramos, one of the officers killed a week ago in New York by a man who allegedly wanted to avenge the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

Wearing their blue dress uniforms, the cops followed the funeral of their fellow officer on giant TV screens installed outside a church, inside of which numerous dignitaries headed by US Vice President Joe Biden attended the ceremony.

"I'm sure I speak for the whole nation when I say our hearts ache for you," Biden said, offering his condolences to the victim's family and to the entire New York Police Department (NYPD), which he called "the finest police department in the world."

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