WATCH: President Trump Honors Family of Slain Black NYC Police Officer Miosotis Familia as he Pays Tribute to Fallen Cops

President Trump stands with the family of a fallen police officer Miosotis Familia as he addresses the 37th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump stands with the family of a fallen police officer Miosotis Familia as he addresses the 37th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

At a Washington, D.C., event honoring fallen police officers on Tuesday, President Trump took the time out of his speech to pay a special tribute to the family of New York City Police Officer Miosotis Familia. In July of last year, Familia was ambushed and killed by a man as she was sitting in a mobile command unit near Yankee Stadium.

The president spotted Familia’s family in the audience and called them up to the podium saying, “These are special people. Special, special people.” Familia’s son, daughters, and 90-year-old mother, Adrianna Valoy joined him at the microphone.

“Last year, just a few hours after the city of New York celebrated the Fourth of July, Detective Familia was on duty in her vehicle not far from Yankee stadium,” Trump said. “She was ambushed by a man for the simple reason that she was a member of the police department. She was a member of law enforcement. That was the simple reason.”

Remarking on time spent with Familia’s family earlier, President Trump continued: “I just want to say that, to your entire family. It’s such an honor to have you up here. We weren’t going to bring you up, but I looked at you in the audience and I said, you have to come up, because you’re representing something so important. You understand that? She loved the department. She loved being a police officer. She loved her job. She was respected by everybody. They told me all about her.”

Watch the segment below.

Watch President Trump’s full speech at the 37th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service below.

–Joshua James