A nightmare before Christmas: 2 NYPD officers executed as revenge for Michael Brown and Eric GarnerPosted by Mona Salama on December 21, 2014
Saturday was one of the worse and excruciating days of 2014.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Two NYPD officers in Brooklyn, N.Y. were gunned down inside their marked patrol vehicles on Saturday afternoon while on meal break in an ‘execution style’ murder. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a Black Guerilla gang member from Baltimore, Md. bragged on Instagram hours before the gruesome attack of committing to kill two cops in revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
The two fallen officers have been identified as Wenjian Liu, an NYPD officer for seven years and Rafael Ramos, who has been on the job for about two years. Both heroes were working overtime as part of a crime reduction program in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull Hospital nearby and were pronounced dead on arrival.
A high-ranking police official explained how the officers were shot. “The perp came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up.” The officers were shot at point-blank range by the suspect. After the execution, Brinsley took off running as other officers began to chase to a nearby subway station. From there, the perp shot himself in the head. A silver handgun was recovered at the scene, the same one pictured in the Instagram post from Brinsley, where he stated in the caption- “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today” with the hashtag #ShootThePolice.
This shooting comes at a tense time where the city is divided. NYPD are being criticized for doing their jobs following the Eric Garner incident in the summer. Earlier this month, the Grand Jury decided not to indict the officer in Garner’s death, sparking mass protests and demonstrations all across New York City and elsewhere. Several NYPD officers were assaulted during the month long demonstrations, with the recent attacks of two NYPD lieutenants last Saturday at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Around 7 p.m., the NYPD held a press conference at Woodhull Hospital. As Mayor Bill de Blasio enters Woodhull Hospital for the presser, fellow officers began to turn their backs on him. The fractious relationship between police and the mayor began with the mayor’s comments after the Eric Garner’s Grand Jury decision, “I have had to talk to Dante for years about the danger that he may face in any encounters he has with the police officers.”
Police union leaders have condemned the mayor and his actions for what they see as insufficient support for the police department. Questions to the mayor about how he will spend the upcoming days weren’t answered. As tradition for the mayor to attend a fallen police officer’s funeral, it can be a complicated situation as earlier this month, the PBA union posted online a form for fellow officers to sign to refrain both Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from attending their funeral in the event one is killed in the line of duty. The “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” drew outrage from the mayor as many officers signed the form without hesitation.
“There’s blood on many hands tonight — those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day, that blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor,” said PBA president Patrick Lynch after the mayor presser in Woodhull Hospital. The SBA also blamed the mayor for the shooting issuing a statement on twitter. “The blood of 2 executed police officers is on the hands of Mayor de Blasio. May God bless their families and may their rest in peace.”
At the news conference, Mayor de Blasio changed this rhetoric and was quick to praise the NYPD. The mayor confirmed to the press that the two officers were gunned down in ambush in Brooklyn stating, “It is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on everything we hold dear. We depend on our police to protect us against forces of criminality and evil. They are a foundation of our society, and when they are attacked it is an attack on the very concept of decency, therefore, every New Yorker should feel they too were attacked. Our entire city was attacked by this heinous individual.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who identified the shooter said, “They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe. The Commissioner stated a warning from the Baltimore Police arrived as the tragic was occurring the same time the officers “were being ambushed and murdered.”
Around 9:40 p.m., hundreds of officers lined up in the driveway at Woodhull Hospital in silence as two NYPD ambulances drove away with the bodies of the slain officers inside to be taken to the medical examiner’s office.
The mayor’s divisive and racially incendiary rhetoric created an atmosphere hostile to our police officers as psychopathic behavior became obvious in the wake of reports of attacks on cops. As minor attacks occurred on police officers during the protesting, neither one of the political leaders condemned the violence that occurred to prevent this tragic from occurring.
Rest in peace to the brave souls taken away in such a horrendous attack.
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