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Head of Police Union Declares War on Protesters After NYPD Cops ‘Assassinated’
Posted on Dec 21, 2014
Two NYPD officers were killed Saturday in what a tearful New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described as “execution style” as they sat in a patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The man identified as the gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot and killed himself after shooting officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The Guardian quoted NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, whose voice cracked with emotion during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center, as saying that Brinsley had made “very anti-police” postings on the social media site Instagram.
Observers partial to police were already blaming the recent uprising against police racism and violence in response to the killings this year of black American men Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The Guardian reported Sunday:
Earlier this month, Lynch blamed the death of Garner, who died from a heart attack after being seized in what legal experts described as an illegal chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, on Garner’s resistance to arrest.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association, a sibling organization of the PBA, echoed Lynch’s statements on Twitter.
Local television news showed police officers apparently turning their back on the mayor, The Guardian reported.
Liu and Ramos were killed shortly before 3 p.m. in their parked patrol car near the Tompkins Houses public housing development. De Blasio told reporters, “Our city is in mourning. … Our hearts are heavy. We lost two good men who devoted their lives to protect the city they loved. Our hearts go out to their families, to their comrades in arms at the 84th Precinct, to the family of the NYPD.”
Bratton said that earlier in the day in Baltimore County, Md., Brinsley had shot and wounded a woman thought to have been his girlfriend.
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