NEW YORK (AP) — As the families of two slain New York City police officers prepare to bury their loved ones, demonstrators took to a busy shopping district in Manhattan, chanting slogans against racism and police violence.

Mayor Bill de Blasio asked protesters to hold off demonstrations against police until the funerals are over.

But the Rev. Al Sharpton and other protest leaders say they will not suspend demonstrations.

De Blasio also says he’s willing to meet with police union leaders, who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to Saturday’s ambush killings of the officers.

A funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos will be held Saturday, following a viewing the day before at a church in Queens.

Officer Wenjian Liu’s funeral will be held once family members arrive in the U.S. from China.

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