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.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 20, 2014
“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.
I am outraged at the killing of 2 police officers in Brooklyn. That is why we stress non violence as the only way to fight for justice.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) December 20, 2014
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.”