Two NYPD police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were killed “execution style” in Brooklyn just before 3 p.m. on Saturday. The gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, an alleged gang member — posted on social media that he wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs … This May Be My Final Post…I’m Putting Pigs In A Blanket.” Brinsley wrote, with the hashtags #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGarner #RIPMike Brown.


Brinsley, 28, opened fire on Liu and Ramos while they were sitting inside a marked, parked patrol car outside of the Tompkins Houses, a public housing project in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Other NYPD officers chased Brinsley, but he ran into subway station and shot himself in the head. Brinsley may have been a member of a Baltimore gang called the Black Guerilla Family, sources told the Daily News.

The two NYPD officers slain in Brooklyn on Dec. 20: Wenjian Liu, left, and Raphael Ramos. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)

The two NYPD officers slain in Brooklyn on Dec. 20: Wenjian Liu, left, and Raphael Ramos. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)

“Both officers tragically succumbed to their injuries,” Commissioner William Bratton of the New York City Police Department told the press. “Both officers paid the ultimate sacrifice today while protecting the communities they served.”

Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the attack on Twitter.

President Barack Obama has condemned the murder of police officers in New York City.

“I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City,” Obama said in a statement. “Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day – and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal – prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”

Attorney General Eric Holder also released a statement condemning the “senseless shooting”:

“This cowardly attack underscores the dangers that are routinely faced by those who protect and serve their fellow citizens. As a nation we must not forget this as we discuss the events of the recent past. These courageous men and women routinely incur tremendous personal risks, and place their lives on the line each and every day, in order to preserve public safety.”

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  • Darkness901

    It’s really sad it has come to this. Those two officers had nothing to do with the recent police brutality incident. No officer has the right to take a life where it isn’t justified. The same applies to applies to a pissed off civilian. You don’t take out your anger on innocent people. There was no reason to kill those officers.

    We can be upset about Brown, Martin, or any other innocent black person killed by a police officer. However, if we start killing innocent people in protest, are we any better than Daniel Wilson or Zimmerman? The killings of the officers did not help the cause. The actions of that murderer gave ammo to the opponents to use.

  • Many people have their eyes open. Many people have opened their eyes that we can’t live in a society where police brutality and oppression flourishes in the world. The man who killed the officers had mental illness and he shot his ex girlfriend. This tragedy has been exploited by Patrick Lynch and others as a means for some to try to suppress the rights of the protesters. Also, the families of Ramos and Liu should receive prayers and sympathy. They are going through so much and human life has dignity. At the same time, we have to keep our eyes on the prize. The prize is justice and freedom. Communities should be improved upon, police terrorism must cease, and unjust laws must end. There are double standards here too. Many of the same police officers who slander the protesters never express grief over the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Aiyana Jones, and others. The same officers who turned their backs to Mayor De Blasio (which is an action by these cops meriting reprimand) lecture us on professionalism and decorum. So, we should defend the dignity of all innocent human life, but we will not stay silent.

    We will not stay silent in a society filled with economic inequality and racism. We will never stay silent in the midst of vicious slander against our black people. We will fight as our ancestors did. Our ancestors were heroes. It is the Creator and the Holy Spirit along with the ancestors that give us that strength today. That strength is not for show. That strength was shown when our ancestors ended the Maafa, caused the Haitian Revolution to be a success, and ended the Confederacy forever. When we have true unity, and true solidarity as one people, then we will be free indeed. We won’t stop until justice comes down like thunder.

  • Dasia

    Let’s not forget he shot his girlfriend before he did this.

  • disqus_6sinns1216

    I don’t applaud him attempting to murder one of our own black sisters, BUT the ambush on the cops is worthy of grammys, oscars, and all the awards you can think of. Cops esp NYPD terrorize black people. Laugh and throw parties at our pain. Brutalize us. Nobody. NOBODY is going to tell me I NEED to feel sympathy for a pig. Good riddance pigs. They take a black life every goddam week since the establishment of LAW ENFORCEMENT and they WONT stop until we start taking theirs. Nothing shakes white peoples boots more then black retaliation for their ruthlessness on us. They’ve become certain the generations of raping our psyche and telling us to be PEACEFUL has PACIFIED us. The white man preaches for us to be PEACEFUL NEGROES when they ASSASSINATE AMBUSH BRUTALIZE US every damn week. Until they’re reminded a lot of us do not fall for the JIG of being pacified respectable negroes that peace love and kiss. NO.

    Cops are LIARS, PIGS, THUGS, SCHEMERS, SOCIOPATHS. The white man tries to manipulate my feelings by painting them as heros of Amerikkka. Fathers loving people. NO. I do not fall for the jig of the white man’s angelic advertisment of these PIGS. You may be a good person, but you wear a PIGS uniform. NO sympathy. None. More of this needs to happen. They’ve been killing black people, manipulating media, changing stories to look better, hiding evidence, destroying evidence and LYING to cover their asses when they kill blacks. Saying it’s a JUSTIFIABLE MURDER when they kill our own. Well then, for Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo, Mike Brown and all the countless black people perished on behalf of your “JUSTIFICATION” this was DESERVED. And ASKED FOR.