Jeb Bush donates $10K to fund for families of slain NYPD officers

Former Florida Gov. and likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) and his wife have donated $10,000 to help the families of two slain New York Police Department officers.

{mosads}The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation said in a Facebook post late Wednesday that the funds will go toward new homes for the families of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

The officers were slain in their patrol call last month by a gunman who posted messages on social media suggesting his actions were retaliation for the killings of two unarmed black men, Eric Garner in Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Grand juries declined to bring charges against police officers in those cases.

The foundation said shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve that it had raised $525,000 toward its goal of $800,000.

“Not only do we want to purchase the two homes so that the officers’ families will have peace of mind in the new year, but we believe this will show them how deeply Americans honor the heroism and sacrifice of their loved ones,” foundation Chairman and CEO Frank Siller said.

Bush resigned from all remaining corporate and nonprofit board memberships effective Wednesday ahead of a possible 2016 presidential campaign, according to multiple reports.

A Bush aide told The Associated Press that the move was “a natural next step as he turns his focus to gauging whether there is support for a potential candidacy.”

Bush has said he will “actively explore” a run for the White House.


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